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Heart 2 Heart CMC - Simone Lewis-Cocks
At the first meeting, I work out every other meeting until the wedding. This may include a rehearsal date if one is planned.
The run sheet or schedule for the big day is worked out with the venue, cake supplier, florist, decorators, photo booth supplier, photographer and videographer, etc.
Once you know how long you will take for photos before the start of the reception then we can plan the best start time for the ceremony.
Most of my ceremonies are between 30 to 40 minutes long, depending on wording choices, rituals and other inclusions.
If the reception is going to start at 6:00pm and the photographer requires one and half hours for photos, I suggest you start your ceremony at 3:30pm.
Allow at least 30 minutes for the ceremony, add 30 minutes for congratulations, group and family photos at the ceremony venue.
Then add one hour and a half with the photographer.
Take into account your guests will want some entertainment and drinks while they wait for you. Depending on the venue, games on the lawn or an entertainer is a wonderful way to fill the 1 and 1/2 hours. Another alternative is to suggest a great local pub or RSL.
Depending on the venue, games on the lawn or an entertainer such as a magician or live singer is a wonderful way to fill the 1 and 1/2 hours.
Another alternative is to suggest a great local pub or RSL with a reminder of the start time for the drinks and canapes at the reception venue.
Please have plan B in place in case of bad weather including a suggestion if it is raining and your guests can't stay outside at the venue.
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