I’ve had my fair share of weddings over the years and one thing I noticed with wedding couples is this — they barely remember some parts of their day, wish that it would have gone slower, or they wish they could have spent more time by themselves.
What a bummer, right? Your wedding day is supposed to be the day when you only feel love all around, and yet there you are, not sharing precious moments with your beloved (well, of course besides saying the I do’s).
So what can you do, you may ask. The answer is in making your wedding timeline intentional!
In this blog I will share with you some tips on how to do just that, to make sure that you will have quality time with one another and at the same time make your wedding day a success. Are you ready?!
First thing’s first! Don’t let traditions go in the way of your day. You can do it by reevaluating wedding customs on both sides. Choose only the elements that resonate with you and your partner, and feel free to discard those that don’t.
With this, you must take some time to sit down together and discuss what aspects of your relationship you would like to highlight during your special day. Use these meaningful memories to guide the structure of your timeline, adding personal touches that reflect your unique bond.
When laying out your wedding timeline, be intentional about your activities and the time you allot for each one. I would always recommend my couples not get so much into the ‘minute-by-minute’ structure but rather go for estimates, which would allow for buffer time in between!
Now here are some of my tips for making every moment of your special day intentional:
Have a First Look or First Touch
Talk to your photographer and schedule this beautiful moment before the ceremony. As you share this special experience, immerse yourself in each other, expressing your love and excitement for the future.
Send Each Other Notes or Small Gifts
Surprise one another throughout your wedding day. Simple messages like “I miss you already” or “You look beautiful today” will remind you of the deep connection you share and the love that brought you together!
Spend the Morning Together
Why not kick off your wedding day by spending quality time with each other? You could share a cozy breakfast, take a gentle morning walk, take that few minutes for extra cuddles and even get ready together.
Schedule in Extended Couple Sessions
After saying your vows, escape from the crowd for a brief moment and go to locations that you both love to maximize the day with your new spouse. This can be where the sunset or night couple portraits come in — any that can represent you both!
Share Your Personal Vows Before the Ceremony
Before walking down the aisle, come together and share your personal vows or just a moment of reflection in an intimate setting.
Practice Your First Dance Together
Before taking the dance floor, find a private space to practice your first dance together. This intimate rehearsal will help calm your nerves and make the actual dance feel even more special. It allows you to try out your first dance in your actual wedding dress for the first time.
Have a Private Dinner
Have the chef prepare your hors d’oeuvre in a private room so you can enjoy them alone before you join the guests. It’s great to set aside time and share a meal together away from the crowd for a moment!
Do a Last Dance Before the Night Ends
As your wedding timeline comes to its end, allocate some time to share one last dance with your partner. Have a sentimental song that represents your journey and create a final memory to treasure forever!
Hope the tips above are helpful as you plan out your day! Always remember that having an intentional wedding day timeline isn’t about adhering strictly to traditions or other’s expectations. It is about creating a truly personalized and memorable experience for you and your partner! By setting aside traditions that don’t resonate with your relationship and focusing on meaningful moments that truly reflect your unique bond, you can craft a day filled with joy, love, and intimacy. From spending the morning together, personal vows, and probably having a last dance! These intentional touches ensure that your wedding day is a genuine representation of your love story.