Mistakes to Avoid with Your Wedding Timeline

Find out what not to do so your big day goes smoothly.

No matter how beautiful your dress and flowers are, no matter if the food is delicious and the band or DJ is excellent, none of it will matter if your wedding day is disorganized and poorly paced. Of course, the most important thing is that you get to marry the love of your life, but if you didn’t care about the celebration, you’d probably just elope! Therefore, to ensure the big day goes smoothly, you’ll want to make sure your timeline is structured properly. An expert planner can do a lot to help, but since you’re still the boss, there are mistakes you will need to avoid.

Read below to find out what not to do when planning your wedding timeline.

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Photo by Karlisch Photography; Floral Design by HeatherLily Inc. 

- No buffer time. This is both the worst mistake to make and the easiest one to avoid. It also applies throughout the whole day. How long do you think it will take to get ready? Add more time to that. How long will pre-ceremony photos take? Add more time. How long will transporting everyone between various locations take? You guessed it, add more time! From traffic to late vendors to the best man forgetting the rings, there are many chances to be late. The last thing you want is for people to wonder where the bride is when it’s time to walk down the aisle!

- Lack of communication between vendors. Photographers, videographers, planners, the band, and more need to be on the same page. If the caterer is expecting to serve the cake at 8PM, but the DJ doesn’t cue up the song selected for that moment, you and your guests might end up waiting around, or forget about the cake entirely.

- No defined schedule for reception highlights. On that note, it is important to have a specific time for things such as the cake cutting, bouquet toss, toasts, and more. Otherwise they might never happen!

- Disrupted momentum. That said, if you’re including all the traditional reception diversions, such as tossing the bouquet and garter, it may be a good idea to do them back-to-back with other breaks, such as when dessert is served. Too much starting and stopping may keep people from staying on the dance floor if that's your goal.

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Authored by: Emily Lasnier