Here is our example Order of the Day which is more commonly used for civil ceremonies here at Selden Barns. If you have a church wedding, arriving here at the Barns from the church at 2:45 pm will ensure all other timings are accurate. A typical wedding can be outlined as follows:
Bridal party arrive at Selden Barns; Bride, Mother and Father of the Bride and Bridesmaids. The Bridal dressing suite will be available to get ready in. Beauticians / Hairdressers may also arrive at this time
Groom & Groomsmen arrive at Selden Barns and meet with the wedding coordinator
Groom, Groomsmen and Father of the Bride relax in the outside seating area or have a drink at the bar and welcome guests as they arrive. The photographer may choose to take some photographs at this stage.
Registrars arrive at Selden Barn
Bridal party arrive (if getting ready elsewhere) & are taken to The Bridal dressing suite
The Wedding Coordinator will invite the Groom & Best Man to see the Registrars, in the Ceremony Room, to run through ceremony details (10 minutes)
The Groom & Best Man will return to their guests.
The Wedding Coordinator will ask the Father of the Bride to join the Bride and the Registrars will come to see them, to run through ceremony details (10 minutes).
The Groom & Groomsmen to take their guests to be seated in the Ceremony Room. Ushers to help with seating guests
The Wedding Coordinator will then escort the Mother of the Bride to the Ceremony Room, where she will be walked down the aisle by a member of the wedding party (usher or chosen family member)
The Wedding Coordinator will then return to escort the Bride, Bridesmaids, and Father of the Bride to the Ceremony Room. The Bridal Party lines up outside the door, in the order of procession (Bridesmaids first).
The Wedding Coordinator will signal to the appointed person (usually an usher) to start the music and the Bridal Party enter the Ceremony Room. The ceremony usually lasts about 25 minutes depending on whether there are readings or songs sung. This will include the formal signing of the register.
Congratulations!! A confetti throw can be held outside the Ceremony Room which makes a lovely photograph.
Pre-reception drinks are served on the lawn (or Reception Barn if the weather is adverse) and photographs are taken during this time.
If a Receiving line is being held, then The Bride & Groom can use this time to go to their room to freshen up ready ‘to receive’ at 4.15pm
The Wedding Coordinator will alert the Groomsmen & Ushers that it is time to arrange the Receiving line and guests will then be directed to the main barn, to be welcomed on a personal basis. If a Receiving line is not being held then the Groomsmen will direct the guests straight to the main barn, to be seated, whilst the Bride & Groom can go to their room to freshen up.
The Best Man or designated person will announce the new ‘Mr & Mrs’ to the room.
Wedding Breakfast commences
Speeches (if before dessert)
Dessert (or speeches if after dessert)
The Bride and Groom can mingle with their guests (tea & coffee served during this time) whilst Evening Guests start to arrive
Cutting the Cake
The DJ/Band will announce the Evening food (set up & cleared down by caterers)
Live music finishes
Last orders at the bar called
Recorded music finishes (live music to finish at 11 pm) and taxis arrive
Finish (guests depart)