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    • MrsS2b
      CommentAuthorMrsS2b
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Apr 22nd 2015
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    Hello ladies, I have a meeting with the venue today, We get married at 2pm (civil service). Do these timings sound right?

    4.15 Wedding Breakfast

    8.15/ Cake and First Dance

    9pm Bacon butties
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    • Flossie
      CommentAuthorFlossie
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Apr 22nd 2015
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    They sound pretty spot on to me. We get married at 2pm too.. this will be the rough timing of our day as given to me by our venue:

    2.00pm - Ceremony
    2.30pm - Arrival drinks and photographs
    4.00pm - Wedding breakfast
    6.00pm - Speeches and toast
    6.30pm - Retreat to other room for tea and coffee
    7.00pm - Evening guests to start arriving
    7.30pm - Evening reception to start
    8.15pm - Cut the cake
    8.30pm - First dance
    9.00pm - Evening buffet food

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    • MrsS2b
      CommentAuthorMrsS2b
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Apr 22nd 2015
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    That's great Flossie, Thank you. I was having a right panic. It doesn't help that our wedding coordinator has be made redundant and we meet the new one today.. The timings were set by the original planner, so hoping the new one doesn't make too many changes and I want to be as clear as possible.
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    • Flossie
      CommentAuthorFlossie
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Apr 22nd 2015
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    Not a problem :) I'm sure the timings will be kept the same. The coordinator has to think about how the timings affect the other staff (i.e. kitchen staff, etc) as well, so I'd say the venue as a whole help decide on the best timings for the day so that everything runs smoothly. I'm sure you have nothing to worry about - hope the meeting with the new coordinator goes well :) x

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    • Glitterfairy
      CommentAuthorGlitterfairy
      Got married 8 years ago
      Posted: Apr 22nd 2015
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    Sounds good to me, we got married at 3pm and reception was in the same room, but were in there for about 545.

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    • clairenina
      CommentAuthorclairenina
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Apr 22nd 2015
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    Sounds good. Our timings went pear shaped, as we were supposed to get married at 3pm, and the registrar didn't turn up until 3:45! Would have liked longer for photographs
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    • Whovianbride
      CommentAuthorWhovianbride
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Apr 22nd 2015
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    I was told to give the ceremony 40 minutes unless your not having any readings.
    And also photographs norm take at least 2 hours. Better to give yourself more time the restrict it and then being stressed your behind.

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    • thefuture:Mrs_Hurren
      CommentAuthorthefuture:Mrs_Hurren
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    I think flossie timings are about right, very similar to mine x
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    • Flossie
      CommentAuthorFlossie
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      Posted: Apr 22nd 2015
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    The good thing is if you're having the whole day in one place it won't matter if timings go slightly off. The timings should only be a rough guide to follow, it doesn't matter if things don't happen bang 'on time' :) xx

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    • Glitterfairy
      CommentAuthorGlitterfairy
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    Our ceremony was about 20-25 mins,

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    • Irishbride2be
      CommentAuthorIrishbride2be
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Apr 22nd 2015
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    My ceremony is at 2pm also

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    • ElizabethF49
      CommentAuthorElizabethF49
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Apr 22nd 2015
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    This is my timings

    2.00pm - Ceremony
    2.30pm - Arrival drinks and Canapes whist photographs are taken
    4.30pm - Wedding breakfast order is taken at the same time as speeches
    7.30pm - Evening guests to start arriving
    7.55pm - Cut the cake
    8.00pm - First dance
    10.00pm - Evening buffet food
    12.45am evening comes to an end

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    • AprilS61
      CommentAuthorAprilS61
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      Posted: Apr 23rd 2015
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    I'd agree with Flossies timings! We got married at 1pm and everything was roughly the same as that, but an hour in front of course. First dance and cake was the same though I think.

    Lana, we had 2 readings and I'm sure it was no longer than half an hour? Felt like we were up there about 15 minutes lol

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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
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      Posted: Apr 24th 2015
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    Ours was booked for 1.30pm but I was 20 minutes late.

    So ceremony finished at 2.30pm ish as it was a church ceremony. Then we had 15 minutes of photos outside the church. Took 15 minutes to get to the reception venue.

    3pm - welcome drinks and canapés with photos
    4.30pm - receiving line
    5pm - wedding breakfast
    7pm - speeches
    7.30pm - cake cutting
    8.15pm - first dance
    9pm - evening buffet

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    • JennK
      CommentAuthorJennK
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Apr 24th 2015
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    We have a 3pm ceremony and have similar timings to the 2pm people as we didn't need as long for welcome drinks/photos :)

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    • MrsS2b
      CommentAuthorMrsS2b
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Apr 27th 2015
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    Thanks for the help ladies. Met the new coordinator and she was lovely.
    Flossie the timings worked out well, she had roughly the same idea.
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    • MrsS2b
      CommentAuthorMrsS2b
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Apr 27th 2015
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    Thanks for the help ladies. Met the new coordinator and she was lovely.
    Flossie the timings worked out well, she had roughly the same idea.
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    • Flossie
      CommentAuthorFlossie
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Apr 29th 2015
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    Glad the meeting with the new coordinator went well :) xx

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    • KayleighS46
      CommentAuthorKayleighS46
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: May 18th 2015
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    Ours is exactly the same at your Flossie! I'm not sure on the evening buffet food but we will be having a meeting with the co-ordinators soon. In fact I will be e-mailing them as soon as I book the registrar on Thursday!!! eeeeeeeeep 1 year and 2 days away!!! xx

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    • Flossie
      CommentAuthorFlossie
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      Posted: May 18th 2015
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    I bet you're relieved that you can soon get the registrar booked Kayleigh! I would be stressing so much if I had to wait until the year mark!!! xx

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    • KayleighS46
      CommentAuthorKayleighS46
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      Posted: May 18th 2015
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    Oh my god Flossie you have no idea!! Its been driving me insane!! Finally after a long 13 months wait I can finally book the registrar!! It has been the worst thing ever!! So much stress will go as soon as its done xx

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    • Sprucey
      CommentAuthorSprucey
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      Posted: May 18th 2015
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    I was wondering when the first dance and cake cutting would be thanks ladies! We are having our ceremony at 330 am was told we will be done for 4, then 2 hrs for photos and sit down buffet wedding meal at 6pm evening guests and dj for 7pm. So would my first dance cake cutting be about 730? Doesn't the first dance open up the dance floor? I assumed that once the dj kicked in at 7 I had to hurry up and get my dance on before I'd barely digested my Thai curry!

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    • thefuture:Mrs_Hurren
      CommentAuthorthefuture:Mrs_Hurren
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      Posted: May 18th 2015
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    We are having our first dance at 9pm

    It's just how we have chose itas we want time to mingle and welcome our evening guests first. That's more important to us. At every wedding I've been to there has been people on the dance floor way before the couples first dance, they then normally announce the first dance a few songs prior and the dance floor clears x
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    • Emmilou82
      CommentAuthorEmmilou82
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: May 19th 2015
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    Our ceremony is 1.30pm and according to our wedding planner, photos at 2pm, wedding breakfast at 4pm, cake & speeches @ 5.30 evening reception @ 7pm, first dance at 8pm....

    I think I'd prefer to have the speeches before the meal though so I'm sure the timeline isn't set in stone

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    • Flossie
      CommentAuthorFlossie
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      Posted: May 19th 2015
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    Ultimately you can have anything at whatever time you want. There's no right or wrongs, just a 'guide', but it's your day so have it your way!! xx

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