Having a Reverse Wedding? Here's a Timeline for Your Backwards Big Day

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If you haven't yet heard, one of today's biggest wedding trends is the "reverse wedding," wherein a couple flips the traditional big day, starting with the reception and ending with the ceremony. So, if you're thinking of pulling off this totally backwards wedding, you'll need to do quite a bit of planning beforehand. Make sure to have a detailed timeline available for vendors and the wedding party so everyone will have a clear idea of what to do when.
Photo by Sinitta Leunen on Unsplash
Photo by Sinitta Leunen on Unsplash
Check out this sample timeline to make your reverse wedding a breeze:
 10:00 am Bridal party begins hair and makeup 
10:30 am Photographer arrives 
11:00 am Groomsmen begin to get ready 
12:00 pm Lunch for wedding party 
1:30 pm Bridesmaids get dressed 
2:00 pm Bride gets dressed 
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Photo by Duo Chen on Unsplash
2:00 pm Vendors begin setup 
2:30 pm Couple exchange their first look 
2:45 pm Formal pictures begin. Bridal party, family, and close friends should all be on-hand for photos 
5:00 pm Guests arrive and cocktail hour begins 
6:00 pm Reception begins (Band or DJ start playing immediately) 
6:15 pm Couple shares a special dance 
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Photo by Skye Studios on Unsplash
6:30 pm Heavy hors d'oeuvres are served or buffet opens 
7:00 pm Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances take place 
7:15 pm Toasts 
7:45 pm Cake cutting or dessert is served
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Photo by Photos by Lanty on Unsplash
 8:15 pm Last call 
8:30 pm Guests are asked to head to the ceremony 
9:00 pm Vendors can begin breaking down reception 
9:30 pm Ceremony begins 
10:30 pm Ceremony ends and guests depart! 
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