So, where do you start with trying to work out the timings of your day.  I thought I'd dedicate a page to helping you with this.  Below I've given 2 options, on how I fit in with your day.  The first option where absolutely everything is held at one venue, and the other where you get ready at home,  then travel to a church, and then onto the reception venue.  I've based the timings on a 1pm ceremony, so shimmy it around accordingly.

I hope this helps a little, it's obviously a really rough guideline.  Each venue does work slightly differently, and they are always super helpful in giving you the best guidance.  I then fit in with the days plans, and we run through these about a month before your big day.



OPTION ONE - ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING HELD AT ONE VENUE


* 11am  Preparations

I arrive to capture the bridal preparations.  Some venues allow you access to the bridal suite or cottage from 11am, if you're lucky sometimes earlier, it's usually dependent on whether there has been a wedding there the night before.  You will probably already be in the full swing of getting ready when I arrive, but that's ok, I don't need to capture the very first moments of that just woken up look.  It's better for me to arrive, once everyone is looking a little more respectable, if you know what I mean!  Chat with your make-up artist and Hair stylist, as they will give you an in depth time of when you should start getting ready, and will depend on how big your bridal party is.   If the groom is also getting ready at the venue, I can arrive 30 minutes earlier and also capture an element  of the groom preparations.  If not, when the groom arrives, I'll pop down, and spend time capturing the guys.

* 1pm - Ceremony

The ceremony usually lasts between 20-25 minutes depending on whether you're having readings or not.

* 1.30-3pm - Drinks, Mingling & Photos

These times can vary slightly depending on the venue and their way of working, however, an hour and a half, is usually a perfect amount of time, to allow you time to chill out for a little while, let your guests congratulate you,  have a little chit cat, enjoy a glass of bubbles, and then capture your group and posed portrait shots.

* 3pm - Sit down for your meal

Guests to be seated first, and then you'll be 'whoop whooped' into the room.  Usually your speeches come after your food has been served and cleared away.

*6pm - Chill Out

This time is a lovely relaxed time, whilst the room is prepared for the evenings shenanigans.  Guests spill outside in the summer months, or into the bar area on colder days.

* 7pm - Evening Guests Arrive (or perhaps even 6.30pm)

* 8pm Cutting of the Cake and Your First Dance (or perhaps 7.30)

Time will be dependant on how soon your guests arrive, and once you've had a chance to chat.  The Evening celebrations start with the cutting of your cake, and whilst you have everyone's attention, move straight into the 1st dance.  I stay for the 1st 4 dances, and then say my goodbyes, and leave you to party the night away.



OPTION TWO - CHURCH CEREMONY


These timings will be very much dependant on the distance between the morning preparations, the church and the venue.  I've based it on 15 minutes in between each as a guidleline.


* 10.15am  Preparations

I arrive to capture the bridal preparations.  You will probably already be in the full swing of getting ready when I arrive, but that's ok, I don't need to capture the very first moments of that just woken up look.  It's better for me to arrive, once everyone is looking a little more respectable, if you know what I mean!  Chat with your make-up artist and Hair stylist, as they will give you an in depth time of when you should start getting ready, and will depend on how big your bridal party is.   

* 12.15 - I leave for the church.

These timings are based on 15 minutes travel, change accordingly.

* 12.30 - I arrive at the church

This allows me enough time to capture the groomsmen before the ceremony, and to capture the bride arriving in the car.

* 1pm - Ceremony

The ceremony usually lasts around 45 minutes , a little more if it is a catholic ceremony.

* 1.45-2.15 - Time spent Outside the Church

Allow some time for your guests to say congratulations.  It's always good to capture the confetti shot here, and we also want to capture some couple portraits here too.

* 2.15 Travel to the venue

Based on 15 minutes travel, change timings accordingly.

* 2.30-4pm Drinks, Mingling and Photos

These times can vary slightly depending on the venue and their way of working, however, an hour and a half, is usually a perfect amount of time, to allow you time to chill out for a little while, let your guests congratulate you,  have a little chit cat, enjoy a glass of bubbles, and then capture your group and posed portrait shots.

* 4pm - Sit down for your meal

Guests to be seated first, and then you'll be 'whoop whooped' into the room.  Usually your speeches come after your food has been served and cleared away.

* 7pm - Evening Guests Arrive & Chill Out

This time is a lovely relaxed time, whilst the room is prepared for the evenings shenanigans.  Guests spill outside in the summer months, or into the bar area on colder days.

* 8pm - Cutting of the Cake & 1st Dance

Time will be dependant on how soon your guests arrive, and once you've had a chance to chat.  The Evening celebrations start with the cutting of your cake, and whilst you have everyone's attention, move straight into the 1st dance.  I stay for the 1st 4 dances, and then say my goodbyes, and leave you to party the night away.                                        

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