MANAGING YOUR WEDDING DAY TIMELINE

Keeping the logistics of your wedding day under control can seem like an overwhelming task.  Not only do you have to think about how the day is going to affect you, but also your family and other guests.  Between up-do’s and down-do’s, airbrush and blush brush, uptown and downtown, family and friends… things can get pretty cumbersome. There’s not right way or wrong way, but here’s what we’ve seen work well….Let’s assume a 4:30pm wedding.

  • 10:00am to 2:00pm: Bride gets ready.  SERIOUSLY!!  If you plan on dolling yourself up in full Indian bridal attire, you MUST give yourself 4 hours to get ready from start to finish.
  • 2:00pm to 3:00pm: Bride & groom photos together.  Considering how long it just took you to get ready, you want to make sure you include plenty of time in the day for your photos.  Depending on the season and location, you may end up taking advantage of the outdoors… so definitely plan some time accordingly.
  • 3:00 to 3:30pm: Photos with your bridal party and/or family.  Again, it’s a good idea to plan plenty of time for group photos.  South Asian weddings tend to have a lot of family involved, so you want to make sure there’s enough time to get everyone organized and included.
  • 3:30pm to 4:15pm: Baraat / Bride freshens up
  • 4:15pm to 5:30pm: Ceremony
  • 5:30pm to 7:00pm: Cocktail hour / Bride & groom change into reception outfit
  • 7:00pm to 7:30pm: Reception doors open, guests are seated / Optional bride & groom photos in reception attire
  • 7:30pm: Grand entrances
  • 7:45pm to 8:00pm: First dance
  • 8:00pm to 8:30pm: Speeches
  • 8:30pm to 9:30pm: Dinner served (Cut your cake after salad is served)
  • 9:30pm to 9:45pm: Parent dances
  • 9:45pm onwards: Dance the night away!!  Be sure to incorporate plenty of dancing time at the end of the night.  After all, you’ve invested in a great band or DJ, and you want to make sure that your guests can enjoy the entertainment you’ve planned for.

Of course every culture, family and wedding is different… but give yourself plenty of time to get ready in the morning, and plenty of time to party at night!  Your guests will appreciate if you keep speeches and formalities to a minimum, and allow for more time to mingle and enjoy the beautiful event you’ve planned.  Happy Friday.

 

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