With ceremonies no longer confined to the 8am-6pm rule, you can get creative With your running order. here are our suggestions…
10am pre-wedding brunch with your bridesmaids– Buck’s fizz obligatory11am hair and make-up begins. have an ipod onhand, stocked with your ‘getting ready’ playlist1pm as you stand ready in your dress, it’s a chancefor some pre-ceremony photos. then it’s time to go2.30pm ceremony time. Here comes the bride…3.30pm you did it! toast your marriage, then leaveyour guests to enjoy some canapés, while you slip offwith your groom, bridal party and family for photos5.30pm ask one of your ushers to announce dinnerand round up all the guests to sit down6pm make your ‘official’ entrance and take your seats at the top table. dinner is served7.30pm Between the main course and dessert, yourgroom, father and the best man make their speechesgrooms and fathers should keep their speeches to 10 minutes, and the best man, no more than 208.30pm evening guests arrive9pm cut the cake, then take to the floor for your firstdance as man and wife. Time to get the party started11pm sustain the dancing with a buffet or a smallselection of fun late-night nibbles12am last dance.
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Then it’s time to make your grandexit together and head off to your wedding nightmidnight mix-it-upBridal beauty time with your girls11am put on your party dress – this is the one your groom will actually be allowed to see before you say your ‘i dos’ – then go and meet your man1pm throw a fun joint wedding party lunch with your groomsmen and girls all together2.30pm get all your bridal party photos done early3.30pm serve some pimm’s and afternoon tea to your closest friends and family as they arrive5.30pm Welcome your guests with speeches – keep them short and sweet.
This means your groom, best man and dad can relax and enjoy the rest of the evening6pm dinner – feast on sharing plates or at food stations7.30pm scrap the cake cutting and throw the doors open on to a whole cake room with a choice of desserts8.30pm time for your first dance – the party is on!9pm add X Factor with a rockaoke band (rockaoke.co.uk). Why not follow the first dance with a first duet?
11pm sneak away to change into your gown for the grand finale – make sure the photographer gets plenty of gorgeous snaps of you in your ceremony outfit12am finish on a high! Walk up the aisle together at midnight and start a new day as husband and wife. Make a grand exit to a shower of confetti and guests waving sparklers. head off to your wedding night.
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