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The Average UK Wedding Day Timeline

  • Events
  • 18th January 2023

After providing entertainment for over 5,000 weddings, Silver Service Singers have some top tips for organising your wedding day timeline. We’ll share how long the average wedding day is, why it’s important to plan your wedding day and show you a typical wedding day timeline. Get stuck in and learn the best order of the day for your wedding.

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How Long is the Average Wedding Day?

Whilst the overall day will feel a lot longer for those tying the knot, some guests may need to know how long the wedding day will be. Some are invited to the ceremony and reception, whereas others may only make it to the reception. Regardless, the average wedding day timeline lasts around 7 to 10 hours. That’s from the ceremony to any late-night activities. Whilst some guests might opt to dip out early, and others may enjoy dancing into the night, the bulk of your day spent with guests is around 7 hours on average.

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Why is it Important to Plan Your Wedding Day?

So you’ve spent on average 12-18 months planning a wedding, but have you truly planned out the day itself? The photographers arrived, hair and makeup is being applied and guests are on their way, but do they know where to go?

One of the easiest ways to have your wedding day run smoothly is to have a day-of organiser. Someone who can greet guests at entrances, hand out confetti, and assist in finding their seats. Taking all the weight off any bridesmaids or father-of-the-brides to get on enjoying the day themselves.

Regardless, you’ll want to plan the order of your wedding day timeline so your guests know where to go, at the right time! Personalised signage can also help in this instance, but knowing the order of the day will give each guest peace of mind.

Typical Wedding Day Timeline

Let’s set the scene… The bridal party is getting ready, with hair and makeup adding the finishing touches. Corsages are on, buttonholes are in, and cufflinks are linked. Nerves begin and there’s excitement in the air. For most groomsmen, you’ll be running over vows and double, triple, and quadruple checking that your best man still has the ring! For the bridal party, the maid of honour will be zipping up dresses and brides adorning something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.

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Order of the day, wedding planning done right!

If you’re not sure about the order of your wedding day timeline, why not ask your venue how they’ve handled them in the past? If you’re opting for a fairly religious ceremony, expect a little longer spent here and pick out some readings for your friends and family to share.

And don’t forget to have fun with it, there’s no point rushing around worrying about every detail, that’s what your wedding planner is for! It can be easy to get consumed by all the wedding planning you’ve got stuck into over the last year, so just relax! Take it easy, and enjoy your special day.

We’ll well-versed in the average wedding day timeline and if you follow our blog, you’ll know we offer tips to keep your wedding guests entertained, our top wedding dance songs and quirky ideas for a unique wedding tailored to your beautiful romance. To see more of our wedding day surprise performances head to our video gallery or view more on our Silver Service Singers Youtube.