Everything for the Big Day!!!!

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asteroid Posts : 3 Registered: 9/28/12
Everything for the Big Day!!!!
Posted: Sep 28, 2012 4:26 AM

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Catherine88 Posts : 170 Registered: 7/26/12
Re: Everything for the Big Day!!!!
Posted: Oct 9, 2012 11:46 PM Go to message in response to: asteroid

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liqinkatherine Posts : 26 Registered: 8/2/12
Re: Everything for the Big Day!!!!
Posted: Oct 12, 2012 4:32 AM Go to message in response to: asteroid

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walkertiffany618 Posts : 26 Registered: 8/13/12
Re: Everything for the Big Day!!!!
Posted: Oct 12, 2012 9:51 PM Go to message in response to: asteroid

At the risk of sounding like a total nerd, the sense of accomplishment I feel from mapping out a wedding day on paper is AMAZING! I love being able to envision an entire day unfolding to accommodate our collective plans. ’Our’, in this case, is planner and client. The client typically communicates his/her intended tone, look and feel of the day and planner is responsible for the nuts and bolts of making it all happen. The rush I get from scurrying around to ensure your needs are met every step of the way is TRULY exhilarating! Then to be able to uncover ways of providing added value and service… it’s what people in this industry feed off of. Your happiness = our happiness!

You can find an example of a general wedding day timeline here.

How I arrive at each client’s wedding day timeline is by first channeling their event and working through every hour of the day. In most cases, I throw in things that need to be accomplished earlier in the week as well: tent set-up/breakdown days, rental drop-off/pick-up days, rehearsal, rehearsal dinner start times and covering every person (wedding party and parents) that will be introduced right before dinner, all family and friends that need to be pulled aside for formal photographs during cocktail hour, all announcements by the band/DJ that need to be made… to name a few.

To keep things simple, below is a sample timline and thought process for a typical wedding day, assuming a 5 PM ceremony start time and an 11 PM reception end time.

? 9:00 AM Planners arrive on-site to set-up escort card table, place bathroom signs, place candles and linens on all tables {Ideally, furniture placement and any hanging decor would have been complete the day before}
? 11:15 AM Bridesmaids and mothers meet bride for hair and make-up
? 11:30 AM Make-up and hair appointments begin {I like to calculate 1 hour of hair and 1 hour of make-up for the bride. 45 minutes of hair and 30 minutes of make-up for everyone else}
? 1:30 PM Florists arrive to reception site to place centerpieces for reception tables and cocktail hour tables {plus any additional arrangment that may have been requested: cake table, escort card table, bars, bathrooms}
? 2:00 PM Catering staff arrives at reception site to prep for cocktail hour (passed and stationary hors d’oeurvres), bars, and dinner
? 2:00 PM Planners change into dressier attire
? 2:00 PM Photographers arrive for getting ready shots {depending on your preference, the photographers may split up to capture both sets of getting ready photos}
? 2:30 PM Bride hair and makeup begins
? 2:30 PM Florist arrives at Church to set up floral décor
? 2:45 PM Planner checks in on bride while getting ready occurs {assistant stays at reception site to field vendor questions while head planner floats}
? 3:00 PM Band/DJ arrives for load-in and set-up
? 3:15 PM Florist leaves boutonnieres with the planner, then departs
? 3:15 PM Planner arrives at Church to set up welcome/lemonade stations
? 3:30 PM Florist drops off wedding party personal bouquets at bride’s getting ready location
? 4:00 PM Hair and make-up completes; bridal party pictures begin
? 4:10 PM Shuttle begins pick-up of hotel guests
? 4:20 PM Ceremony musician arrives to set-up prelude music as guests arrive
? 4:30 PM Cake is dropped off at reception {kept chilled with catering staff if possible}
? 4:40 PM Bridal party departs for Church
? 4:40 PM Shuttle drops-off hotel guests
? 4:40 PM Officiant arrives at Church; first guests begin to arrive; prelude music begins
? 4:40 PM Boutonniere placements occur as groom and groomsmen arrive
? 4:56 PM Officiant and groom, and groomsmen arrive at altar
? 4:57 PM Bridesmaids and bride are lined up for processional
? 5:00 PM Processional begins
? 5:30 PM Ceremony ends; officiant and ceremony musician depart; exit to reception {remember to arrange for your marriage license and self-addressed envelope… the officiant usually asks for these items at the end of rehearsal}
? 5:30 PM Shuttle service begins for hotel guests to reception
? 5:30 PM Family photos followed by bridal party photos begin at Church
? 6:00 PM Cocktail hour begins at the reception site; band/DJ play background music
? 6:05 PM Shuttle departs
? 7:15 PM Guests are asked to find their seats at reception area
? 7:20 PM Wedding party introductions begin
? 7:25 PM First dance begins
? 7:30 PM Toasts begin {if you have special toasting glasses, please give them to your planner at rehearsal}
? 7:50 PM Dinner service begins with dinner music playing in the background
? 8:50 PM Father/daughter dance; mother/son dance
? 9:00 PM Cake is cut {will you have a special cake knife set? Don’t forget to give it to your planner at rehearsal}
? 9:05 PM Dancing begins
? 10:00 PM Bouquet toss {a tradition that is becoming less of a must-do}
? 11:00 PM Reception ends; band/DJ breakdown
? 11:05 PM Shuttle returns to pick-up hotel guests
It is good to consider these items when planning around things that may take up a lot of time: lots of family portraits and speeches that may run long or even surprise toasts. Keep in mind that the longer dinner is held off, the less time you have to dance. Remember to pay attention when you are venue shopping as a lot of places have a hard stop time and will charge a per hour overage if the party does not end as their rules state. Doing one of these schedules is a great reality check for folks as they prioritize “must-dos” for their wedding… for instance, will there realistically be enough time for a fireworks display?

This schedule also calls to the forefront how quickly the day passes. Keeping this in perspective will help reign in out of control spending.

Writing out this list has also made me realize how critical it is to hire an amazing photography team for your big day. They will capture all the tiny, carefully planned out details you will inevitably miss from visiting with guests and loved ones. Speaking of which, you should also build in 30 minutes before the ceremony start time so that reception details are captured… before jackets are left on chairs, escort card displays are disturbed and beer bottles are left on tables.

Regardless, always remember to have fun, let go of things you cannot control and enjoy every minute of getting married…. it’s a celebration!! XO

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James_smith Posts : 30 Registered: 6/18/12
Re: Everything for the Big Day!!!!
Posted: Oct 15, 2012 10:21 AM Go to message in response to: liqinkatherine
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joelchang Posts : 4 Registered: 10/15/12
Re: Everything for the Big Day!!!!
Posted: Oct 15, 2012 1:51 PM Go to message in response to: James_smith

Me and my wife planned our wedding online through emails. Good thing our wedding coordinator was kind enough to do our requests since we're too busy to meet her up.

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Edited by: joelchang on Oct 15, 2012 1:56 PM

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joelchang Posts : 4 Registered: 10/15/12
Re: Everything for the Big Day!!!!
Posted: Oct 15, 2012 1:53 PM Go to message in response to: James_smith

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Edited by: joelchang on Oct 15, 2012 1:54 PM

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joelchang Posts : 4 Registered: 10/15/12
Re: Everything for the Big Day!!!!
Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:00 PM Go to message in response to: James_smith

Me and my wife planned our wedding online through emails. Good thing our wedding coordinator was kind enough to do our requests since we're too busy to meet her up.

http://www.jafgifts.com/blog/

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