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    • MrsEmmaP
      CommentAuthorMrsEmmaP
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Apr 13th 2016
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    Hi ladies, I'm trying to work out my timings but just can't settle on when to have what!

    Our wedding is an evening wedding so we get married at 4.30pm then have to travel to our reception venue, we are thinking that once the ceremony and photos are done guests should be arriving at the venue at around 5.30/6pm with the evening guests joining from 7pm. These are the timings I have at the moment:

    Ceremony start - 4.30pm
    Ceremony end - 4.50/5pm
    Photos - 5.15pm
    Welcome drinks - 6pm
    Evening guests - 7pm
    Food - 7.30pm
    Speeches - 8pm
    Cake cut - 8.15pm
    First Dance - 8.30pm

    I feel like the first dance might be too late and should we have the speeches before the food? What timings do you ladies have? Help would be great!

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    • Flossie
      CommentAuthorFlossie
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Apr 13th 2016
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    Your first dance is definitely not too late. We will be cutting the cake and having our first dance at the exact same time as you, and those timings were as advised by our venue.

    I would be tempted to say allow more time for photos... unless you will be continuing photos into the welcome drinks?

    I think speeches would be nice after everyone has had a chance to have something to eat :-) plus if any evening guests are running late, at least they won't miss them if you want your evening guests to hear them too.

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    • MrsEmmaP
      CommentAuthorMrsEmmaP
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Apr 13th 2016
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    We are having family and wedding party photos at the registry office straight after the ceremony then me and OH are going off to the beach (next to our reception venue) for photos just us, but yeah the timing for welcome drinks hasn't been told to guests it's just when the venue will have them ready by :)

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    • Flossie
      CommentAuthorFlossie
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    Ahhh okay, I think that makes sense then :-)

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    • StephanieM158
      CommentAuthorStephanieM158
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Apr 13th 2016
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    Those timings look perfect and very similar to my own, although my vnue has said they want the guests to eat sooner... but I feel like 7:30 is a perfect time. x

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