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Traditional Timeline Sample

The Traditional Timeline is when the couples see each other for the first time at the ceremony. For the best photos, it is important to consider the sunset time so your family photos and romantic photos after the wedding are done in natural light.


1:00 Lunch

2:00 Preparations

4:00 Preparation Photos Begin

4:30 Attire On

4:45 Individual Portraits

5:15 Couple Hidden Away

5:30 Guest Arrival

6:00 Ceremony

6:30 Guests at Cocktail Hour

6:30 Family and Wedding Party Photos

7:00 Couple’s Portrait Session

7:30 Couple’s Alone Time

7:30 Guests Moved to Reception Area

7:45 Couple’s Grand Entrance Straight into First Dance

8:00 Toasts

8:15 Dinner Served

8:45 Formal Showcase Dances with Parents

9:00 Open Dancing

9:30 Cake Cutting

9:35 Couple’s Toast and Thank Yous

9:40 Bouquet Toss (Optional)

9:50 Garter Toss (Optional)

10:00 Open Dancing

11:00 End of Night

Budget Percentage Breakdown

50-60% Venue including location rental for both ceremony and reception, all rentals like chairs and linens, food and beverage, and cake (the higher end venues are upwards of 65% such as a 5 star hotel).

10% Attire including all accessories and hair and makeup

8-15% Flowers, Design, and Lighting

8-10% Planner

8-10% Photography

8-10% Entertainment

5% Cake (Venue may include)

2.5% Invitations

2.5% Officiant Fees