The future bride and groom, wishing to celebrate their union in a proper way, have to think about many details including the wedding schedule. This is a very important element as it can affect the logistics and organisation of the event. It is also a determining factor for the success of the ceremony and the satisfaction of the audience.
Start of the festivities
The bride and groom should take great care in setting the time and duration of the wedding. Indeed, such details make it possible to receive the guests in ideal conditions, to foresee the animations and the entertainment programmed for this occasion. In addition, it is essential to ensure the well-being of the guests. The wedding usually starts around 8pm and can last until the early hours of the morning.
The length of the celebration varies from region to region. But overall, especially in the big cities. Guests start to arrive as early as 8pm but the celebration does not go beyond 1 or 2am. The aim is to provide enough entertainment, music, dancing and shows, in addition to the meal, to allow guests to enjoy their evening without getting bored and overtired.
For the bride and groom, it is also a way to leave the venue early enough to rest before starting their honeymoon and married life. Some couples choose to start the reception around 4pm and finish their ceremony around 10pm. They schedule the ceremony over the weekend, most often on a Saturday so that they can take advantage of Sunday to rest. During this time the guests can enjoy the ceremony, but also the meal and the happiness of the couple. The festivities take place during the afternoon and part of the evening, but without excess.
It all depends on the season
The choice of the schedule must take into account the season, winter or summer. In the latter case, the days are warm and long, which is why couples opt for an evening and dawn celebration, whereas in winter they most often opt for an afternoon and early evening wedding ceremony, to allow guests to retire early.
The bride and groom should leave enough time for the guests to arrive at the reception venue. As far as the length of the ceremony is concerned, there are several things to consider. For example, the time of the bride's entrance, the time of the meal, the time of entertainment and dancing, the time of the photo shoot, etc. This will allow you to estimate a reasonable duration for the event. That said, while it is important to time the ceremony programme, it is important to be flexible enough to avoid stressing about delays or unforeseen events.