Ask Kate: Timings
August 6, 2013
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Can you advise me on the timings for our wedding? I don’t want our evening guests to arrive whilst we are still eating dinner! 3pm Church service (Church of England) 3.45pm Photographs (only having a couple of group shots as we are having more reportage style pictures) 4.30pm Guests leave church 5pm Guests arrive at reception (2 miles away) venue for champagne reception and more informal photos inside the venue. 6pm Wedding dinner 7.30pm Speeches/Cake cutting. 8.30pm Evening guests arrive 9pm Band/First dance. 10pm Evening buffet
Your timings look fine – you’ve managed to leave enough time between each event for your guests not to feel rushed. One important thing to remember about the day is that the schedule is just there for reference. If things don’t run according to plan don’t worry, just enjoy the day. If you find that you’re still in the middle of the speeches when your evening guests arrive I’m sure they’ll be only too happy to buy a drink and listen to the tales.
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