Wedding Programme Sample




For those who are stressing over their wedding day schedule, wondering how they're ever going to accomplish so much within the 24 hours of the wedding day, have no fear! We've provided you a timeline of a typical wedding day for your perusal. Remember, you can always adjust the schedule to match predetermined auspicious timings you may have or rearrange the activities to suit your personal preference. For example, you can start the second half at 5pm instead of 4pm, if you're not holding the solemnization ceremony on the same day. Or instead of resting during the two-hour break, you may wish to use that time to head outdoors for photo-taking. 



5.30am

Bridal makeup artist arrives at Bride’s home


6.30am 

Photographer, Videographer & Bridesmaids arrive at Bride’s home

Bridesmaid start preparing gatecrashing items


* Things to note : Most photographers and videographers charge a surcharge if they have to arrive earlier than 6:30am. This usually only applies to brides who are Teochews or have auspicious timings.


6:45am

Wedding car arrives at Groom’s home


7.00am

Brothers arrive at Groom’s home


7.10am

Groom & brothers leave for Bride’s home


7.30am

Veiling for Bride with Bride's parents


8.00am

Bride’s brother to open the car door upon arrival


9.00am

Gatecrash games


* Play games at a big area for more space and photos will be much nicer. Void decks are always the best option.


9.30am

Groom & brothers enter Bride’s home


9.45am

Bridal party leaves for Groom’s home

Bridal Party proceeds to a nearby park for photoshoot with the couple


10.10am

Arrive at Groom’s home for Tea Ceremony & breakfast


10.30am

Load all equipment for Evening Banquet into wedding car


10:40am

Change into tea dress


11.00am

Leave for Bride’s home


11.30am

Arrive at Bride’s home for Tea Ceremony & lunch


12pm

Leave for hotel to rest (Photographer and Videographer dismissed)


2.00pm

Arrive at hotel, check in, etc.  Brothers & sisters to help carry all the equipment required for the Evening Banquet (laptop, thumb drive, 2 CDs, reception desk decorations, etc.)


3.30pm

Makeup artist arrives at hotel


4.00pm

Brothers & sisters can rest in helpers’ room, if they wish


4.45pm

Brothers arrive back at hotel

Meet with Banquet Captain to run through banquet details (music, programme, beverages, etc.)

  • Test and ensure sound system is ready; play the music for march-in and presentation of 1st course of dinner one time through

  • Brief Banquet Captain on the finalised programme

5.30pm


Set up laptop & projector for photo montage


5.30pm


Photographer and Videographer arrives at hotel


5.50pm


Arrival of guests for Solemnization Ceremony

Arrival of Justice of the Peace


Prepare ang pow for Justice of Peace. Est amount $80 to $188


6.00pm


Solemnization Ceremony


6.20pm


Solemnization Ceremony ends. See Justice of the Peace off & give him Ang Bao


6.30pm


Bride goes up to change into wedding gown

Emcees to meet with Banquet Captain to review hosting details & run through scripts

Sisters to help set up reception tables: 

  • Guest list

  • 2x guest signature books

  • 2x Ang Bao boxes

  • 2x wedding photo albums

  • Car park coupons

  • Floral rose arrangement (provided by hotel)

  • Pens for signing the guest book

  • Bride & Groom wedding banner/signage

  • Set up of Instant Photo Booth

Set up & test-run video montage on laptop & projector

Ensure that the wedding banquet dinner tables are ready & that the table numbers are correct


6.45pm


Latest time for families of Bride & Groom to stand by at the reception table


7.00pm

Arrival of guests (pre-dinner cocktail starts)

Instant Photo Booth Commence


7.20pm


Bride to arrive at cocktail area


7.45pm


Banquet Captain to confirm with reception desk on 90% attendance at final 15-minute interval


8.00pm or 90% attendance


Ensure all guests are seated


8.00pm


Bride & Groom to stand by for 1st March-In

Emcees to get ready

Receptionists to join dinner

*2 Receptionists to stay behind to guard the Ang Bao box & entertain latecomers


8.10pm


Screening of photo montage 


8.15pm


1st March-In

Cake-cutting Ceremony

Dinner commences

Presentation of 1st course of dinner


8.40pm


Clear reception table

Bring up photo albums, gifts, etc. up to bridal suite

Leave guest list & floor plan on reception table for latecomers, if any

*2 receptionists to stand by at the reception table for 10 minutes to entertain latecomers, if any

Treasurers to bring Ang Bao box & gifts to bridal suite & store in safe 

Instant Print Booth Ends


8.55pm – 9.15pm


After 2nd course, Bride & Groom go to bridal suite to change


9.25pm

(After 4th course)

Emcees stand by

2nd March-In & Champagne-pouring Ceremony


9.30pm

Emcees invite both families & friends for Grand Toast


9.35pm

Speech by Groom


9.40pm onwards


Bride & Groom proceed to tables for photo-taking

Brothers help to prepare each table for photo-taking with the couple


10.20pm


Change into tea dress to bid guests farewell (optional)


10.30pm

Dessert served

Bride & Groom meet all brothers, sisters, family members to take group shots


10.40pm


Form receiving line to bid guests farewell


End


Total Photography and Videography Hours = 10 Hours


6:30am to 12pm - 4.5 hours

5:30pm to 11pm - 5.5 hours


Written by Kally Tay

Edited by Priscilla


* Kally Tay is a writer who used to be a bride from Annabel Law Productions and a friendship blossomed with Bel after her wedding. She loves to share her knowledge of being a mum and her corporate experiences though her blog at Middle Me.

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