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Have flowers for bride, bridesmaids, flower girl/ring bearer and bride's
parents delivered where pictures will be taken. All other flowers should
arrive at the church approximately 45 minutes before the service.
Photographer arrives to take pictures of the bride, her parents and
Limo and transportation arrive. The driver puts flowers and other items
in the car.
Arrive for hair and make up appointments. drive separately to the salon
if appointments are staggered. Bride can leave to get ready before everyone
else is finished.
Bride and father of the bride leave for ceremony. Bridal party follows.
Coordinate your arrival time at the ceremony site with the groom if you
do not want to see each other before walking down the aisle.
groom, groomsmen, groom's parents, all grandparents and readers
arrive at Church/Synagogue and receive flowers, etc. Confirm arrival
time with ceremony site.
Photographer arrives at ceremony to photograph the groom, best man
and, if time permits, the groom with his parents. He must be back
outside to photograph the bride's arrival and/or exiting the limo/car.
Ceremony music begins. Programs are passed out and groomsmen/
ushers start seating guests.
grandparents and godparents gather to walk down the aisle first.
Ceremony starts. Catholic, episcopal and some Lutheran ceremonies
are approximately one hour long. Many other denominations are about
1/2 hour long. Jewish ceremonies are also about 1/2 hour long.
Ceremony ends. Since most ceremony sites have tight time frames in
between services, there may not be much time to take pictures.
Ask your officiant to announce that the bridal party will be taking
pictures immediately following the ceremony and that the guests are
invited to wait in the sanctuary to greet them when they are done.
Or, invite the guests to continue to the reception area where the bridal
party will meet with them later. notify any family members ahead of
time if they are expected to be a part of the pictures at the church/
Wedding party exits.
Wedding party heads to the reception.
The timing of your day is a vital part of
the wedding process. a timeline assists
with the flow of your day for the bride
and groom, the wedding party and all
your wedding vendors. To stay on track,
everyone involved should receive a copy
of the timeline at your rehearsal or just
before your wedding day. Start creating
your own timeline by scheduling the most
important elements of your day, like the
ceremony and reception start time. next,
fill in the details. allow some extra time
in the schedule for any elements that
may take longer then expected. Consider
any travel and leave room for unexpected
delays. also, to help with any 'day of'
glitches or complications that may
arise, consider asking a trusted friend or
family member to oversee the details of
the day. give this person a copy of the
wedding day timeline and vendor contact
information and allow them to handle
anything that needs attention. let them
also be in charge of handing out any final
payments and tips so you can enjoy each
moment of your reception.
Right: A sample wedding day timeline.
Download a copy to fill in for your wedding day at
Pre-processional begins. The bridal party gathers to walk down the
aisle; each member walks. Music pauses to prepare guests to stand
for the bride. The bride's entrance music begins; the bride walks down
the aisle, escorted by her father.
Wedding party drives to an outdoor location for pictures. give extra
time for traffic delays.
Arrive at reception, wedding party enters.
Welcome, toasts, blessing.
dinner ends, parents dance, 1st dance.
Bridal party dance.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Wedding Guide Chicago - Winter/Spring 2014
Wedding Guide Chicago - Winter/Spring 2014
"Jack" of Hearts
'We Complete Each Other'
Greatest Show on Earth
Planning Checklist and Calendar
Wedding Day Timeline
Ceremony and Marriage
First Day to Forever
Beneath the Big Top
Bows, Burlap & Buttons
Ice Cream Social
Countdown to Forever
'He Put a Smile on my Face'
Receptions and Specialty Parties
Cakes and Sweets
Tempting Cakes and Sweets
Flowers and Décor
For the Groom
Photography and Videography
Music and Entertainment
Invitations and Announcements
Gifts and Favors
Wedding Guide Chicago - Winter/Spring 2014