Benjamin Franklin once said, "If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail." Winston Churchill also said something along those lines during World War II. Now, this might be a bit over the top for today's topic, but in some ways it rings true!
A very important part of wedding planning is the preparation of a timeline. A timeline is a tool that maps out how the structure of your wedding day should go. Likewise, many wedding professionals urge brides to follow a separate timeline for the planning period. I'll get into that later. First, the timeline for the wedding day.
All of the brides who decide to have their wedding here at The Barn work with us to create a timeline. This "wedding day timeline" helps to give everything a framework and provides an overview of what all needs to happen throughout the day and the intervals between each item. Now, that certainly doesn't mean we become timeline-crazed and stick to every single event down to the minute, but it gives everyone involved an idea of when each thing needs to happen.
For example, a timeline helps us stay on track with which vendors to expect at what time, when photography should begin, and when we need to line everyone up for a ceremony. That is all before our ceremony begins. Then there is the reception...how long should we wait between the first dances and the cake cutting? When should we cue the entertainment to initiate the bouquet and garter tosses? That is all included on a wedding day timeline! It really is a tool that is necessary for us to ensure that your day goes smoothly. You can find an awesome example of how to format a timeline here.
As far as a timeline for the whole wedding planning process goes, there are tons of examples online (Pinterest has plenty!) for you to view. Just like the wedding day timeline is important for us all to have in mind, a planning timeline is helpful for brides. It shows you what needs to be done by a specific time period before your wedding and can save a lot of headaches and stress coming from getting things done too late in the game! Here is a good example of a planning timeline.
I hope this post shows just how important a clear, clean, working timeline is for your wedding! We would love to talk with you more about this planning tool and assist you in preparing for your big day. Give us a call or drop us a line!
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