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What Time To Have Your Wedding Ceremony

18th October 2018

We often get asked by wedding couples “what’s the best time to book my wedding for?”.

There is no ‘best time’ – it must be at a time to suit you. However, there are some things to consider. For example, do you have guests travelling quite a distance? If you do you may want to allow them ample time to arrive. Are you morning people and up early? If not, and mornings are a struggle for you, opt for a wedding later in the day.

The most popular time that couples book their wedding for is between 1:00 & 2:30 so we have created a timeline below for a 1:30 wedding.  You can easily adjust your timings according to what your chosen time is.

*please note all timings are approximate

The Wedding Day

12:00 – 12:30 Arrival of the groom’s party
12:30 -1.00 Wedding guests arrive ~ bar can be open (if pre-booked)
1.00 Groom interviewed by the registrar
1.15 Bride interviewed by registrar
1.15- 1.20 Wedding party seated
1.25 Bride and wedding party congregate outside the curtained ceremony room
1.30 Bride and party proceed up the aisle for the ceremony
2.00 The happy couple are now married!
2.35 Guests and the wedding party move outside for the drinks and canapé reception (inside if weather inclement). Photographs take place at this time
4:00 Guests invited to take seats for wedding breakfast
4:10 The new ‘Mr & Mrs’ announced into the wedding breakfast
4.15 Wedding breakfast starts
6.15 Wedding speeches, traditionally: Father of the bride, groom and then the best man (it is your day, you may have as many or as few speeches as you would like – please pre-arrange with your wedding coordinator)
6.45 Wedding cake officially cut (many couples postpone this until the evening when all guests are on-site)
6.55 Wedding breakfast ends
7.00 Evening Guests arrive
7.20 First dance
7.30 All the guests party on the dance floor
8:30 Wedding cake officially cut (if didn’t happen during wedding breakfast). It is then removed to kitchens for slicing and serving to guests
9.00 Evening buffet served
11.00 Wedding finishes (unless a license extension has been applied for)

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