One of the biggest pieces of your Wedding Day Puzzle is the overall Wedding Timeline. It does not have it’s own Project Block but it *includes* all of them. After building all of your Projects this is the order in which they occur. Think of it as a broadway performance. Your Project Blocks are the characters that you have carefully developed and your Wedding Day Timeline is the script for how they all interact.
How to Make your Wedding Timeline
There are a few sections we’re going to break your Wedding Timeline up into for “Time Blocking” your Project Blocks. These are the Wedding Morning, Ceremony, Transition, and Reception. Most Wedding Days average about 8 hours but the can expand or reduce time as needed. They divide up as such:
- Wedding Morning = 3- Hours
- Ceremony = 1 Hour
- Transition = 1 Hour
- Reception = 3 Hours
Wedding Morning Timeline
You may be thinking 3 Hours is a long time… But when you begin to write down everything that needs to happen inside those 3 hours it suddenly seems very short. These 3 Hours start with either hair & makeup or arriving at your wedding venue. Once those artists arrive to make everyone pretty, the countdown begins. You then also have to complete everything that is supposed to happen before the ceremony inside this Time Block. This could include a First Look and Family Pictures, a HUGE time block! Does 3 Hours sound like enough time now?
Fortunately, we have an entire workshop dedicated to your Wedding Morning Timeline. It also includes an Excel Spreadsheet download.
Most ceremonies are only 20 to 45 minutes long. Your ceremony, if Catholic maybe even longer. Regardless of your actual ceremony length, the time length is needed to allow guests to arrive, processionals, recessionals and then, of course, a few Newlywed photos. Those photos overlap the Transition too.
Wedding Timeline Transition
This time block of your Wedding Timeline actually does have it’s own Project Block, Project Block 6. So much happens in this Transition that it needs it’s own. Also, because it has Project Block ingredients: Your Marriage License and Transition Boxes.
This window of time flies by but it is where you either transport between venues, move chairs or have a cocktail hour. The Cocktail hour is actually just a fancy Transition coverup used to keep guests out of your way while you do a set change. It’s like the Intermission of that Broadway Performance.
Then finally, once that Intermission is over, your DJ typically announces the grand entrance of the two main characters and the Performance, Act II is up and running. Once you two are announced into your Reception, the guests make their way back into chairs, but now around tables. Serval options happen now and it is truly a dice roll of Project Blocks. I call them Playsets or even audibles if you’re into sports analogies.
My list of Project Block order options is available as a free download in the Wedding Timeline Workshop. You can catch it for free on Facebook, or enroll in the Teachable Workshop right now for unlimited access.
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