Well, in my last post, I said your wedding needs a timeline and the reasons could write another blog. So here we are.
What is a timeline, anyway? Sometimes as professionals we use terms every day and maybe as a potential client you don’t even know what we mean. A timeline is a schedule of what’s going to happen on the day of your wedding.
It seems like a no-brainer, but I’ve been at weddings where there wasn’t any sort of schedule. If you’re a fly by the seat of your pants kind of person, it can work. Even if you are super adaptable, your vendors and guests appreciate a schedule too.
In no particular order, here’s a bunch of reasons to have a timeline:
- It’s helpful to have a realistic estimate of how long things will take. Estimate how long you think it will take and then add more time. It will take longer than you think.
- You’ll have time for things you wanted on the day of because you had a schedule. If you don’t have a schedule, then you’ll end up having to skip things you wanted on the day of because there’s no time left after everything takes longer than you thought.
- You’ll be able to enjoy your wedding more because less people will be asking you what should happen next.
- Vendors will know what to expect and where to be at what time.
- Your ceremony will be more likely to happen on schedule.
- Vendor mix-ups will be less likely. If you only scheduled your photographer for 6 hours, and they’re leaving but you haven’t cut your cake yet, a schedule would have helped you see that you needed more hours ahead of time.
- You’ll know how much time you have for portraits
- Your guests will appreciate being taken care of and knowing what’s going on. They’re super happy if you’ve sent them on to cocktail hour while you have photos. People like appetizers and drinks.
- And finally, a wedding is an event. Events need a plan to keep them on track.
“Ok! I need a timeline! How do I do that? Help me!”
I got you. I’ll write about that next.