One of the most important elements of planning a wedding is the development and execution of a wedding schedule. Depending on the number of factors including your wedding party, number of guests, and activities, your wedding timeline may require a couple of hours to a full day (10 or more hours).   Whether you are working with a wedding planner, mom, or someone in your wedding party, it is good practice for you to have an agenda outline of your special day that lists all of the important activities and allocate time for them.   Over the course of time, expect adjustments to your agenda once you begin working with wedding vendors and they provide professional feedback. You should begin by working with your coordinator at the reception hall, then work your way back to the early part of the day when you get hair and make up done. Your timeline should include all of the basic events such as the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, then factor in sub elements such a travel time, preparation time for the bride / groom, and take some time to relax in between.

One of your vendors that will be with you during the majority of your wedding day is your wedding photographer, so it critical that they are in lock step on your wedding timeline. During the initial consultation with my potential clients, I help develop a draft agenda of events that includes the couple getting prepared up until the final send off at the reception. It is advised that during the day, you schedule ample time for your photo session at a point after the ceremony. Remember that couples typically invest a good portion of their budget for photography, so they should allow ample time for their creative portrait session.

During the planning process it is suggested that you take ownership of the timeline of events and identify events that are high priority to you and your significant other. Of course the entire day is very important but what happens if your are running a little behind and you only have 20 minutes left for your creative photo session before being introduced on the wedding reception? Your prioritization of events will help your vendors determine a path that will allow for you to catch up with the planned schedule of activities so that you and your spouse can enjoy the celebration.   As you are finalizing your wedding plans, make sure all vendors supporting your wedding have your latest agenda.   In addition, it is great practice to find vendors who can work with other vendors so that your event will go as planned. For instance, your planner should coordinate with your Dee Jay, or Master of Ceremony to ensure all of your reception activities is running on schedule.