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Ask Kate: Timings

August 6, 2013

Kate Thompson has been offering heart-felt advice and sparklingly different wedding inspiration for ten years. She is married with two children, and often features in the national press. With her warm and caring nature and off-beat sense of humour, she'll answer every question with knowledgable insight and understanding to help and inspire or simply restore your peace of mind.


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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