Wedding Day Timelines


10 Things Every Couple Forgets To Factor Into Their Wedding Day Timeline

What are some practical things every couple forgets to factor into their wedding timeline? Find out what seven event planners advise you to do the day of:

Eat a big breakfast and light lunch

“First off, lunch for the groom and groomsmen. We all know how guys get when they are hungry. Add in possible day drinking, and this could be a recipe for disaster! And don't forget to plan lunch for the bride and bridesmaids. The bride may be nervous and not feel like eating, but she is in for a long day and night, and a little protein will steady her and provide stamina. Order in, designate a family member, or have the guys go out for burgers before they get dressed; just don’t forget to feed the key players for your big day.” - Amanda Beazley of A Perfect Day in Paso Robles, California

“Food/drinks for the bridal party in the morning. Hair and makeup typically begins early, especially if everyone is being styled by the same company. It is important you feed them!” - Lindsay Longacre of LVL Weddings & Events in Orange County, California

“It sounds simple, but often times guys and gals will be running late or worried about fitting into clothing and don’t have time/choose to eat. Or even worse, time for a pre-wedding dinner snack was not budgeted into your event timeline. We always suggest the groomsmen meet for a meal before getting dressed, and the ladies have lunch or refreshments during hair and makeup. Plan a cooler and/or snack basket for your limo, trolley, or party bus after the ceremony with water and snacks if you plan on taking photos/may miss your cocktail hour. That way your bridal party doesn't show up starving.” - Raquel Shutt of Wedding Savvy, Inc. in Edgewater, Maryland

"Also, don't forget to feed them breakfast and lunch; not just one, both!" - Ashley Amtmann of Lemon & Lime Event Design in Baltimore, Maryland

De-wrinkle bridesmaid dresses

"They may not come perfectly steamed and you want your bridal party looking sharp." - Lindsay Longacre of LVL Weddings & Events in Orange County, California

Give out gifts to your partner and parents

"Don't forget to talk to your partner on if you're going to give each other gifts the day of the wedding. We hate seeing brides and grooms bummed and upset because their partner gave them an amazing watch or pair of sunglasses, and they didn't do anything in return. Just make sure you have a conversation with your partner on if you're going to exchange gifts and don't automatically hope/think that your partner will for sure have a card or a gift waiting for you that day!" - Ashley Amtmann of Lemon & Lime Event Design in Baltimore, Maryland

Pack up personal belongings