Davis Row x A Practical Wedding: A Complete Wedding Day Timeline, Six Ways

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I'll never not be thrilled that Meg Keene invited me to join A Practical Wedding as a contributing writer last year. My pieces range from personal opinion essays to logistical advice articles. I'll share them all here! - Allison

Wedding timelines can be intimidating to write for the first time. Even if you’ve attended a lot of weddings, you probably haven’t paid much attention to how long each individual aspect lasted (barring the rare occasion that you end up in direct sunlight at an hour-long outdoor ceremony on a 90 degree day, which nobody forgets). Getting started can be the toughest part, so we put together templates for a few different types of weddings to ease you into the process.

For my fellow type-A personalities out there: keep in mind that your timeline is just a guideline! Your wedding will not fall to pieces if it runs a little bit ahead or behind. In fact, most weddings stray by at least fifteen to twenty minutes (if not more) from the timeline at different points during the day or night, and then make up for that time later. We might extend cocktail hour because people are having fun (or if the kitchen is running late). We might move up the first dance because everyone finished eating early. Your guests will neither notice nor care. Starting and ending the wedding on time are key—hitting everything in the middle in the approximate right order is important, but you usually have to adjust a little to fit the particular set of people in attendance. With all of that said, the day of the wedding you should definitely put someone else in charge of following the timeline. You want to have so much fun at your wedding that you have no idea what time it is. Continue reading at APW.