Some notes regarding our day of timeline:
The church was in River Forest, IL and the reception was in Clarendon Hills, IL which are about 30 minutes apart.  The girls got ready in my parents' house near the ceremony while the guys got ready near the reception site.

Day of Timeline

  • 9:30 am                    Hair appointment at Mario Tricoci salon in Oak Brook (20 minutes from my parents' house)
  • 10:30 am                 Makeup appointment at salon
  • 11:30 am                 Return to parents' house
  • 12:00-12:30 pm  Bridesmaids arrive at my parents' house with hair and makeup already done
  • 12:30 pm                Photographer arrives to take getting ready shots of bride and bridesmaids
                                        Asst. photographer arrives to take getting ready shots of groom and groomsmen
  • 1:45-2:15 pm        Limo takes groom and groomsmen to the church
  • 2:20-2:235 pm     Same limo takes the bride and bridesmaids to the church

  • 3:00-4:00 pm       Ceremony (Catholic Nuptial Mass)
  • 4:00-4:30 pm       Pictures at the church
  • 4:30-5:30 pm        Limo takes the wedding party from the ceremony to the reception. 
                                         Brief stop along the way for the bride and groom to take portraits at scenic location.
  • 5:30-6:00 pm        Primping and more photos at the reception venue

  • 6:00 pm                   Cocktail hour begins
  • 6:50 pm                   Bell rings for guests to start taking their seats for dinner
  • 7:10 pm                    Wedding party entrance
  • 7:15 pm                    Welcome by Father of the Bride and blessing by the officiant
  • 7:20 pm                    Salad course is served
  • 7:35 pm                    Toasts by Best Man and Maid of Honor
  • 7:50 pm                   Entree course is served
  • 8:15 pm                    Cake cutting
  • 8:20 pm                    First dance, followed by combined Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dance
  • 8:25 pm                    Dance floor opens for everyone
  • 9:00 pm                   Cake served and cookie table open
  • 10:00 pm                Bouquet toss
  • 11:30 pm                 Reception ends
  • 11:45 -???                Afterparty in hotel suite