I’m getting married this October in a tepee on a camp site. We have arranged all our own food and drinks companies. I’m wondering what time to actually get married and have the wedding breakfast and night do. I don’t want guests to get bored or have nothing to do especially if the weather is poor and they can’t go outside much. How big a gap from day to night to stop people getting restless. Also what activities to have inside and outside the teepee we have 10 children as well.
We had a marquee for ours we got married in a chruch at 12 that took us to 1pm then we had 45 mins travel to venue . We did food at 3 ish and after food and speeches it was half 5 we had loads of out door games and colouring table for little ones and night guests came at 7
We got married at 3 and ate at 5, ceremony was only 30 mins then that left an hour and a half for photos etc, evening started at 7 for us x
We got married at 2pm, ceremony around 30 mins, drinks reception/photos until 4pm, speeches until 4.30pm (although they went on longer!), wedding breakfast after this, cutting of the cake at 7pm, evening guests at 7.30pm until 12am. Ours was all in one venue and it flowed really nicely without any gaps or anyone getting bored. There was about 15 minutes in-between the meal and the cake cutting but that was it. Timings were perfect and no long gaps. Only complaint is it went by far too quickly! :-)
In terms of what time to get married that was partially dictated by our registrar as they have allocated slots so we had to pick one. once you have confirmed that it should be easier to decide on what time to eat and them when to start night do. X
We had the ceremony at 1pm with afternoon tea at 3.30 and a BBQ at 7ish. We got lawn games, giant jenga etc for the between times as well as an old Nintendo SNES set up, as a lot of us were gamers of a certain age!
When I rang, in December 2017, for April 2019, they only had 12midday or 3pm left for a registrar slot. So make sure you ring as depending which county you’re in, you could struggle! We opted for the 3pm. 12midday would mean people would be standing around for too long after the ceremony. 3pm means we have to squish in the food a bit, but we’ll eat about half 4, and evening people are to arrive at 7pm..
We were offered slots by our registrar they offered 2 time slots and we had to pick. Chose 2pm with wedding breakfast at 4pm and evening guests arriving at 7pm with evening food being served at approx 8pm
You need to get it booked asap as you might not have much of a choice. I booked the registrar over a year in advance and was only offered either 10am or 4pm. I chose the 4pm as with kids, getting myself and them ready for 10am was never going to happen. Earlier ceremonies also leaves you with a very long day to fill.. which can end up costing you more and with the added possibility of guests getting bored, tired, overly drunk or restless.
The longer you leave it the less choice you will have. Most venues and Bridal companies strongly suggest you don't commit to anything until you have the ceremony/registrar booked and confirmed because there is no wedding without a marriage! Just a very big expensive party!
We got married at 12. Drinks 12:30-2:30. Food til 5:30 (we had an entertainer during this time so it did last til 5:30) then cut the cake, then sparklers at 6ish. Then cocktail hour til 7. Then first dance at 7:30ish. Evening food at 8:30-9. We felt it flowed perfectly ❤️
Thank you. We are considering 1pm wedding breakfast at 3.30