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The first thing to do to make time on your wedding day for things that matter is to decide what really matters to you. Do you want to have as much time with your guests as possible or are you committed foodies who want to serve a delicious five course meal? Would you like plenty of time for confetti, dancing or other entertainment? Once you know what your priorities are for your day, you can work out your wedding day timetable.
With your priorities set, you need to confirm your ceremony because this provides a lot of focus for the day. Your ceremony time will obviously guide your wedding day schedule as this is the one totally fixed point in the day. For a civil ceremony, allow thirty minutes for your ceremony and for a religious ceremony, you’ll need around 45 minutes. I’d also urge you to try to be on time for your ceremony because being just 15 minutes late will leave you short on time for your drinks reception and this has knock-on effects for your photos and the amount of time that you can spend with your guests.
A way to make time on your wedding day for things that matter is to ensure the bride is ready at least 30 minutes before their ceremony (click here for the best wedding dress shops in Essex). This gives time for some pre-wedding portraits and you’ve also got a little cushion of time should things have taken a little longer than you expect. The more contingency you can build into your schedule, the better –trying to work to a minute-by-minute timeline on your big day will leave you stressed.
Also, when you’re putting your time plan together, think about yourself. Give yourself some time in the day –it might be that you want 15 minutes with your partner before your wedding breakfast or 10 minutes to freshen up before your first dance. Remember that this is your big day and it needs to work for you.
I’d also suggest that you speak to your photographer before you finally confirm your schedule, particularly if photos are high on your priority list. If you want those glorious golden hour shots and you’re having a summer wedding, you’ll need to be outside at some point between 8-9pm. You need to think practically so that you can include everything you want in your day.
To make time on your wedding day for things that matter, like your guests, it’s a good idea to extend your drinks reception but you need to then consider how many drinks you’re going to provide. Another option is to spend some time with guests during dinner –as the newlyweds are usually served first, there’s nothing to stop you mingling in between courses and this can be a great way to chat with anyone that you ‘missed’ during the drinks reception.
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However, on your wedding day, the thing that really matters is you as a couple. I see so many newlyweds who spend the day ‘apart’. They socialise separately during their drinks reception and in the evening, one might be on the dance floor whilst the other is by the bar. Try to do some of your socialising together. If you spend the whole day apart, you won’t have that many shared memories of the day and those ‘oh, do you remember when...’ conversations that are so lovely to have just won’t be possible.
To make time on your wedding day for things that matter, mingle together, hold hands, enjoy the same experiences, escape for a little time away from everyone else and just let being married sink in because ultimately, that’s what your day is all about – your marriage.
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