Today we are going to talk about something that isn’t all that glamorous, but it is an extremely important part of the wedding planning process: Your wedding day timeline! We’re going to start with an LDS temple wedding timeline as an example since so many of my couples choose to get married in the temple.
The goal for sitting down and actually creating a timeline for your wedding is to make the day as stress-free as possible by getting organized. This timeline is a sample that I send to all of my brides and grooms to help them get started. Obviously, this is just an outline that can be customized to fit your unique wedding day.
Sample LDS Wedding Day Timeline
10:00 am: Temple sealing ceremony begins
11:00 am: Bride & Groom exit the temple
11:00 am-12:00 pm: Family formals and group photos
12:00-12:30 pm: Bride & Groom photos around the temple
2:00-4:00 pm: Wedding Luncheon
6:30-9:00 pm: Reception
8:45 pm: Bride & Groom grand send-off
Here are some specific things to note about this timeline: It typically takes a minimum of one hour from the start of the ceremony for the bride and groom to exit the temple. When it’s a busy day at the temple, it can even take a little more time. Sealings can sometimes run long, so it is best to give yourselves plenty of time between the sealing and the wedding luncheon.
I have also had couples choose to forego the wedding luncheon in favor of a wedding dinner the night before, or even a wedding breakfast with an afternoon sealing to follow. I love that modern couples aren’t boxed into traditional timelines and have so many options to make their wedding as unique as their love story.