22 Mar 2016
Designed to answer your wedding woes and worries, Bijou Wedding Venues are back to answer the question of another overwhlemed bride.
With spring well under way, Bijou Wedding Venues are busy helping summer brides and grooms put the finishing touches to their wedding day celebrations. With their expert knowledge and experience, having thrown amazing weddings at their venues for so many years, the Bijou team are here to help you every month when it comes to venue queries and planning advice for your own special day.
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We can’t decide whether to get married in the morning and have a full day celebration or tie the knot in the late afternoon, around 4:30pm. Do you have any specific advice on getting married at different times of the day?
Karen T. from Berkshire
It’s always good to consider your guests when making a timeline of your wedding day celebration. In particular – how much time do you want them to be spending ‘mingling’ over reception drinks and how many times you want to feed them during the course of the day.
At Bijou we love a good early ceremony. This approach gets you through the stressful bit early and leaves the whole day for relaxed fun and celebration. That said, it does leave you with a lot of time to fill which may mean you need to think about laying on some entertainment (as well as regular sustenance!) for your guests. And, of course, if your guests aren’t big partiers, you may find some of them fading towards the end of the evening if they’ve been going since 11am!
The other option is to go for the later start and work backwards from the time that your venue closes for the evening (think license). You need to factor in time for dancing, first dance, cutting the cake, arrival of evening guests, speeches, wedding breakfast, reception drinks, family photographs and the ceremony itself to make sure you don’t run out of time. This approach keeps the day a bit more succinct and will keep the tempo higher as a result, although it’s worth building some slippage time into your calculations so you don’t miss out on anything.
What would we do? We’d go early and make a day of it. But then we are rather partial to endless fizz and nibbles.