Ask the Experts: Creating a Ceremony Timeline

by Marta
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Dear Experts,
How do I create a timeline for my ceremony. The ceremony is supposed to start at 4:30.

Signed,
Timeline bride

Brandi of All Events Planned says:
Ceremony schedules are a bit easier since they are generally guided by tradition and/or religion. With each, you’ll want to look into what the church offers as part of the ceremony, the officiate, rabbi or pastor and then of course, family traditions. When all of these are considered it will give you the basic idea for the timeline.

Moving on from there will be who you want to be involved in the ceremony. Parents, friends, family and children are all options for the wedding party/bridal party. Will you have both (all) sets of parents walking down the aisle? Will you have children involved in being ring bearers or flower girls? Will you have a large or small bridal party?

Makeup artist Miriam B points out that if what the bride was really asking is how to come up with a wedding day timeline she should count backwards from the start time of the wedding.

OneWed’s Wedding Maven says:
This is an excellent reason to hire an officiate who is familiar with wedding ceremonies. Someone who frequently performs weddings will have a much better sense of how to schedule the ceremony than your friend who got ordained online.

About our Experts:
Brandi Hamerstone is the owner & senior wedding planner for All Events Planned. In her nine years of experience in the wedding industry, she has planned over 300 weddings.

Miriam Behar is a bridal makeup artist, hair stylist & Xtreme lash stylist in Miami, FL. She has 10 years of experience as a licensed beauty professional.