Schedule of the day
The bride and groom should plan out the events of the day so they can make the best use of the time, and inform their suppliers of an expected running order. Ensure that time is allowed for getting from the ceremony venue to the reception, if applicable.
The following rough guideline adds up to a nine-hour day (not including preparations before the ceremony), and couples may prefer to reduce the time allocated to certain elements. They may also need to factor in additional time for travel between the ceremony and the reception:
- Church or Civil Ceremony
- 20-60 minutes.
- Photographs after the Ceremony
- Maximum 15 minutes (including 5 minutes for pictures of the bride and groom and 10 minutes for other shots).
- Drinks Reception
- 60-90 minutes, but can go on longer (a receiving line takes about 40 minutes and well organised photographs take 20 – 30 minutes).
- Seating Guests
- Up to 30 minutes.
- The Wedding Breakfast
- 2 hours for three courses.
- 30 minutes, usually extending to 45 minutes (at least 10 minutes per person, assuming there are three speakers).
- Cake Cutting
- 15 – 30 minutes.
- Up to three hours (depending upon when the bride and groom leave, and how long the party lasts).
- Going Away
- 15 minutes (throwing bouquet and saying goodbye).
Ceremony Arrival Times
It is important that everybody involved arrives at the ceremony in good time. There is a fine line between arriving too early and nervously waiting around and having to rush to be there on time. Here are some suggested timings:
- Ushers: 45 minutes before.
- Best man and groom: 30-45 minutes before.
- Guests: up to 30 minutes before.
- Groom’s parents: 15 minutes before.
- Mother of bride and bridesmaids: 10 minutes before.
- Bride and father: 5 minutes before.
Traditionally organised by the groom and kept secret, honeymoons are now far more likely to be organised by the couple together.
The trip should be researched carefully to avoid disappointment or any potentially embarrassing overlaps with previous holidays (in particular, those with previous partners). To avoid this, many couple s choose to visit somewhere neither party has been to before.
Choice of Trip
It is important to choose a destination that meets the requirements of both the bride and groom. They should decide what they want from this unique and romantic time away: complete relaxation, action, adventure, culture or a combination of the above. The desired climate, accommodation, length of flights, food and activities on offer should also be taken into account.
Travel agents will talk through all the options and create bespoke trips accordingly. The bride will appreciate a surprise or two, so clever grooms will keep several aspects of the trip a secret.
The time of year and budget will dictate suitable locations as well as the length of time spent on honeymoon. Many couples now spend two weeks away, though some seize the opportunity of time away from home and use the honeymoon as a launch pad for extended travels around the world. A few days away can be just as romantic.
Travel agents will talk through all the options and create bespoke trips accordingly The bride will appreciate a surprise or two, so clever grooms will keep several aspects of the trip a secret.