Planning Advice | Wedding Day Timings
You may have spotted our recent post all about how you can choose your wedding suppliers but today we’re back with our latest instalment in our planning advice series. Organising your wedding day timings and schedule is one of the trickiest tasks to tackle and it can be difficult to know how much time to factor in for each element of your day. While there isn’t a one size fits all guide, we are offering you a rough overview with our insight into wedding day timings…
The Morning of the Wedding
Consider what time you will be kick-starting the bridal prep on the morning of the wedding. The amount of time you need to factor in will depend on a number things, including:
– How many people will be getting ready with you
– Whether or not you are having your hair and make-up done professionally
– When your ceremony starts
– The travel time to your ceremony
– Will you be having photographs with your bridal party before the ceremony?
If you are having your hair and make-up done by a professional, they will be able to advise how much time to allocate to each member of your bridal party. We generally say 2 hours for the bride, and an hour for every bridesmaid. Don’t forget, you’ll need to allocate time to putting on your wedding dress as this can often take longer than people think. So, just to be on the safe side allocate a spare 30 minutes and you’ll avoid any timing mishaps. We also recommend giving yourself extra time for good and bubbles! The more time you offer yourself, the more chance you’ll have of enjoying a relaxed morning.
The groom and the groomsmen should generally arrive 45 minutes before the ceremony, the guests should arrive 30 minutes beforehand while the other members of the bridal party should arrive 20 minutes or so beforehand.
The length of your ceremony will . depend on whether you are having a a Religious Ceremony, a Non-Religious Ceremony, or a Civil Partnership.
Don’t forget to factor in extra time for the confetti shot and group pictures at your ceremony location.
Your drinks reception will be about 2 hours long, providing your photographer with enough time to capture your group and couple shots. Plus, your guests will have the chance to mingle and nibble on lots of scrumptious canapés.
The Wedding Breakfast
It will take around 30 – 45 minutes to actually get your guests to sit down, so make sure you ask a couple of members of your bridal party to assist with speeding this up! This may be a nice time for you and your new wife or husband to grab a few minutes of alone time together.
Ask your caterers how long they think your wedding breakfast will take – it totally depends on the type of meal, the number of courses, how many guests and the amount of catering staff on hand. They will be able to advise but as a general rule, we’d allow 2 hours.
We recommend allowing 10 minutes to each speaker, so the speeches shouldn’t really last any longer than 45 minutes. You don’t want your guests to start getting bored!
The Evening Party
As soon as the party gets started, you can relax a little bit with the timings. We recommending ticking . the first dance, cake cutting and bouquet toss off the to-do-list no later than an hour after the wedding breakfast. Your evening guests should turn up 30 – 45 minutes after your breakfast h as finished, this means if your breakfast does overrun, guests won’t be turning up too awkwardly.
As we have previously mentioned, there isn’t just one guide for each and every wedding so we are simply offering the above as a brief guide to wedding day timings. You can find even more wedding planning advice over on the blog, or get stuck into our real weddings right here – you’ll find some serious #weddinginspo.