Spreadsheets. Live them, love them. Don’t fight them! We break down our basic techniques for drafting your initial wedding day timeline - the rows, the columns, the hints and tricks. Rome wasn’t built in a day, people! The Wedding Day Timeline takes time...little by little, it all comes together....in a spreadsheet. :)
Who, what, when, where...getting all this info into a timeline makes it really easy for you to answer questions that your vendors will ask you the weeks leading up to the wedding. You’ve already done the work - now you can systematically pass it on.
The first thing to input into your timeline is the basic MAIN EVENTS - these frame out the entire thing, and you plug everything else in around these events. Ceremony, Cocktail Hour, Reception, Last Dance. Boom.
You will put together a vendor team and they should be able to help you create this timeline. If you have any questions about how long something usually takes, or what a ‘typical’ order is - ask your vendors.
Enter in arrival times as you figure them out. When/where is the wedding party arriving? The parents? Guests? Vendor arrival times will probably be entered later in the planning process, as you work out the details with them. Sometimes the exact times for vendors aren’t set in stone until a few weeks before the wedding.
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“Excel sorta turns you on a little bit. All those boxes just waiting to be filled with formulas...so hot.” - Christy, while Michelle sexily whispers yes-yes-yes in the background
“I’ll be honest. As I get older, I have been known to throw out a 1000 piece puzzle on the dining room table.” - Michelle. “I can’t not believe you do puzzles!” - Christy
“You got this. You can handle this. Keep it simple. On wedding days, people tend to pull it together. Everyone is working for the greater good on the wedding day and that is YOU and your fiance and your giant life event. Weddings magically come together.” - Christy and her timeline pep talk
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