Perfect Wedding Timing
I get asked by many of my Daffodil Waves Photography brides, “What is the perfect time to get married”?
Some people worry that having it too early will cause the guests to get bored later on. On the flip side, a lot of couples don’t want it too late because they have spent a long time planning this day and don’t want to see it go in a blink of an eye.
I personally think about 1pm is the perfect time for a wedding ceremony and this is why;
It gives you a chance to have a lie in and have plenty of time to get ready. Even if you started getting ready at 9.30, that is still three and a half hours away from the ceremony start time!
People will know to eat for about 12pm or have a big breakfast. Some of my couples still worry about people being hungry so mention on the invite information somewhere that the wedding breakfast will begin at x o’clock, plus the canapés keep people going.
It allows you to have some time after the ceremony to get a drink and mingle with your guests without you having to rush into photos because you have an hour to do everything before you are called for food. They have spent a lot of money to come to your wedding so to give them quality time is nice for both you and them.
You don’t have to feel rushed during your photos. Group photos can be hectic enough without the extra panic about people going to the toilet at the wrong moment because it will hold up group photos.
Let yourself have another drink and relax after your photos, before you go into your meal.
Here is a rough schedule of what my timings would be. Obviously for Winter weddings this would either need to be moved forward an hour or the time between the ceremony and wedding breakfast shortened.
9.30 – Bridal preparation begins.
12.30 – 13.00 – allow for travel time if the wedding is not in one place.
13.00 – 14.00 – (until 13.30 if a Civil ceremony) Ceremony. Allow for travel time if leaving Church.
14.00 – 14.30 – Welcome drink with new Husband and Families.
15.00 – 16.00 – Group and couple photos
16.15 – Guests called to be seated
16.25 – Bride and Groom called to be seated
16.30 – 18.30 – Wedding breakfast and speeches (whether these are before or after the meal)
19.00 – Evening guests start to arrive
19.45 – Cutting of the cake
20.00 – First dance and the party begins!!
Obviously this might not suit everyone’s needs but even if it gives you a rough guideline, then it has helped a little!