Many people have expressed that they would like to see how a British wedding-day timeline plays out. From what I have gathered, we seem to have our ceremonies a lot earlier in the day than our American friends, and our evening receptions tend to go on a lot longer!
Maybe this is why it’s quite typical for us to have a tiered reception, with some guests only coming for the evening—they start pretty early on and go on for long enough for a lot of people to make a night of it!
I hadn’t really put that much thought into our wedding-day timeline—it all just sort of fell together, like I just knew the timings of the day already. When I did actually check the Debrett’s Wedding Day Timetable, we were pretty much spot on.
I really don’t want a timetable more in depth than that. Otherwise I can guarantee that something will go over by five minutes and I’ll panic—I refuse to panic. If I have a loose timeline, I’m less likely to get stressed. So what if the guests arrive at the reception venue at 10 minutes past four? Is that really going to ruin the entire day? No. Things will happen when they happen, and I’m not going to worry about planning our wedding day down to the minute.
We’re probably going to leave the reception at 11.30 PM but, again, a lot of factors will probably influence that. What if a lot of our guests decide they want to leave earlier than planned? Or we’re having way too much fun on the dance floor? We’ll play it by ear and do whatever we want to do. By that time, I don’t think I’ll care.
Did you have a loosely planned timeline? Or was it planned down to the minute? What do you think of a 10–11 hour wedding day?