5 Tips to Help Your Wedding Day Run Smoothly

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Five Hints for Your Wedding Day Timings

When it comes to planning your wedding day, it’s easy to get bogged down in blog posts and Pinterest boards, so here are 5 quick tips to help your day run smoothly.

bridesmaids watching bride get into her dress

ONE – Give Yourself Time to Dress

If your wedding dress requires zipping, lacing, buttoning, strapping, or some other way of getting you secure in it, then it’s good to know how long this will take so that you can schedule your morning properly. 

It’s nice to have someone by your side for this kind of thing, usually your mum or a bridesmaid. Then you can have a practice run before the wedding day to make sure there aren’t any surprises when it comes to the main event!

father of the bride wiping away tear

TWO – Making Your Parents Proud

Whether you’re showing off your dress to your tearful dad, or giving your proud mum a look at you in your wedding suit, this can be a wonderfully emotional moment. And if it’s one that you’d like captured as it happens, it’s worth building in a bit of time for this in your morning schedule. It’s usually just a case of getting ready 15-20 minutes earlier so that I can be there for it before heading off to the next venue.

mother in law wiping her son in law's cheek

THREE – After the Ceremony

You did it! Your first walk as a married couple will sometimes be followed by confetti, but it will ALWAYS be followed by all of your guests wanting to hug you, kiss you, shake your hand and pinch your cheeks! So whatever happens next, make sure you allow up to 20 minutes. More if you have Italian family like mine. They LOVE the cheek grabs!

happy smiley wedding guest hug

FOUR – Drinks Reception

If you’re not sure, this is the bit between you getting married, and sitting down with your guests for a bite to eat. It’s your first real chance to relax, take a breath, and spend time with your family & friends, so I’d definitely recommend allowing around 90 minutes for this, otherwise you’ll be getting ushered into the wedding breakfast before you know it!

fun couple on the dancefloor

FIVE – Cake Cutting & First Dance

Whether you’re having a huge tiered cake, or a dessert table full of your favourite puds, if you’re planning on cutting a cake at some point, it’s often best to do it just before your first dance (if you’re having one). This means that after everyone’s gathered around to watch the cake cutting, they’re already in position for when you strut your stuff on the dance floor.

fancy dress on the dance floor

Feel free to drop me a message if you have any questions about timings.

 

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