Wedding Day Schedule

The time between your ceremony and reception is a great mingling time for your family and friends. They are enjoying each other amid a fine selection of drinks and hors d’oeuvres in a marvelous party atmosphere! And yet, while you are planning your day, someone will inevitably say “well, you don’t want to keep your guests waiting too long!”

Time is the enemy—never more so than on your wedding day. When you sit down to schedule your day, you may have to wrestle with the schedule to keep even a small part of the day for yourself! Among the most valuable blocks of precious time on your wedding day will be the time in between the ceremony and the reception. For most couples, that is the only actual personal time you will have during the day. You need that time to enjoy each other, enjoy your bridal party and to create the photographic memories of a lifetime!

So goal numero uno for your wedding day scheduling is to protect this time for yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you that your cocktail hour can’t be “too long” because  “your guests are waiting.” They’re not waiting—they are mingling and having a good time!  Why be in a rush to cut that short! Make your first scheduling priority to have that time for intimate fun and personal memories with your new spouse and your closest friends in between your ceremony and reception.  Your guests will be busy reconnecting with each other and enjoying the food and drink.

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