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Your Wedding Day Schedule

Whilst everyone’s wedding day is completely different and unique to that couple, there are definitely some similarities.

One of these is the schedule that you are going to have to try and keep to during the day.

So, to try and help you to keep those timings in mind we have put together our guide to your wedding day schedule and how it may pan out.


There is a good chance that you will have already have been up at the crack of dawn and you may even already be having your hair or make-up done at this time.

However, if you haven’t already done so, then 9am is the time that you need to start thinking about breakfast.

Try not to have anything too stodgy as this will make you feel uncomfortable throughout the entire day.


Now is the time to start thinking about getting your hair and make-up done.

Make sure that you are wearing something that doesn’t need to be pulled over your head (same for the bridesmaids) as this will help to keep your hair and make-up looking pristine.

It is important that you try and limit how many people are in the room at this time as otherwise it can start to feel really crowded and packed.


You really need to make sure that your blood sugars are up and stable.

Which means that around the 11am mark (and before your lipstick is finished) you need to make sure that you have a snack.

Something like a banana is going to be best as it is not only easy to eat but it is also packed full of energy and healthy stuff too.


Your hair and make-up should all be finished at this point which means that you need to get yourself into your dress.

This can be one of the most emotional parts of the day and there is a good chance that you are going to have a few tears at this time.

You may also find that now is a good time to give your bridesmaids their presents, particularly if they are gifts that you are keen for them to wear that day.

Your photographer is also likely to want to take some shots of you once you are in your dress, so leave enough time for this before you need to head off to the ceremony.


The groom and his party should be at the ceremony by this point which means that there is likely to be a photographer taking their shots too.

Guests are also going to be arriving at this point too, so you will need to have someone there to greet them and make sure that they find a seat.


The bridal party are now due to arrive.

The bridesmaids are likely to turn up first, followed by the bride and however is giving her away.

It is important that any flower girls head down the aisle first so that they can find their parents and take a seat.

Then it is down to you whether or not you want your bridesmaids in front of you or behind you.

It really does depend on your own personal preference.


The I do’s have been said and now it is time for post-ceremony pictures and plenty of confetti.

If you are providing the confetti then make sure that it is either handed out, or that it is somewhere that people can see and easily grab it from.


The post ceremony drinks will normally be scheduled around this time.

Whilst the guests are enjoying their drinks the bride, groom and the rest of the bridal party are going to be off having their photos taken.


It is usually about now that the wedding breakfast is going to be served up.

This is usually a 3 course meal and will take around an hour and a half for all your guests to eat.

There is also likely to be teas and coffees served to your guests at this time too.


Once the teas and coffees have been served it is a good idea to plan in the speeches.

It is traditional that the father of the bride goes first, then it is the turn of the groom and then the best man.

It is important that every guest has something that they can toast with, so ensure that the venue knows when you are planning to start the speeches.


You will normally aim to cut the cake around now and this is also the ideal time to head off and get your hair and make-up refreshed, all before the evening party kicks off.

Once the evening guests arrive then it is time to let your hair down, dance and have some fun.

Don’t worry too much about the timings, make sure that you find the time to spend together as a couple and really have some time to enjoy everything that you have worked so hard to organise.

Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is one of the UK's premier wedding DJs and the winner of multiple industry awards and accolades. His favourite wedding song? Love Shack of course - a guaranteed floor filler! You can find him on Twitter at

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