More often than not there is always something that happens on the day that causes a time delay. The following events could potentially throw your wedding timetable out of sync. The more familiar your wedding venue and suppliers are with your overall wedding timetable, the easier your day should flow.
The set-up of any decorations that your florist or wedding venue are not doing for you may take longer than originally planned. This job should be delegated to a member of your wedding party, but it would be good to make them aware of timings. For example, when they are allowed in to the venue on the day of your wedding and what time the ceremony is etc.
It’s natural to have lots of photographs taken before, during and after your wedding ceremony, but if you’re thinking of having lots of couple shots away from your group, then be sure to add this to your list as it may take longer than you think.
The receiving line
Traditionally happens either on arrival at the reception venue or prior to the meal and should only last between 20 and 30 seconds per guest. However, depending on the size of your guest list, this could take much longer. This could then potentially delay the wedding breakfast where the chef has timed your food according to the timetable. Allocate extra time to this portion of the day so that if it does run over, it won’t push the rest of your wedding plans back.
The wedding speeches
It is not uncommon for wedding speeches to run way over their allotted time at a wedding reception. Father’s of the bride might get carried away, and when it comes to the best man, there’s no telling how long his speech might be. It would be advisable to give everyone speaking at your wedding a rough guide of how long they should allow for their wedding speech in order to keep the rest of the day on track.
Your wedding venue should be asking you for a detailed timetable of your day, well in advance of your actual wedding celebration. This will enable them to have welcome drinks, canapés and food prepared, not forgetting having the venue clean, decorated and organised in terms of staffing numbers for your day.
A well timed wedding reception will make a huge difference to your overall experience, and that of your guests too. Ask your wedding venue how much control/influence will they exert to keep things on schedule? Also, be sure to keep them up to date with the different elements of your day as your wedding planning journey progresses.
In the unfortunate occurrence that your wedding timetable does happen to steer in the wrong direction on your wedding day, well prepared staff should step in to speed things up and get things back on track where possible. Reading testimonials of recent married couples should give you a good idea on how their experience was with the particular venue on their special day.