Think though your timings for the day; the Wedding ceremony is at 1pm and you plan to eat at 5pm, what are you going to do for those 4 hours in between? Your ceremony may take an hour, yes your photographer will take maybe another hour to get the numerous shots they want to create the best ones for your album but even the most conscientious photographers will do well to stay over 2 hrs. They may have another wedding that day and will need to go but I do know the good photographers will expect to be hired for the whole day and capture the whole wedding day right up the first dance.
Consider adding a drinks and canapé reception to your plans, when your guests arrive at the venue they will expect to be greeted with a welcome drink and something to nibble on. Drinks can range from Summer fruit pimms to more traditional champagne, TIP 1-if saving the pennies for the honeymoon then consider Cava or Prosecco as a cheaper alternative as I’m sure your guests wouldn’t notice or even care.
Canapés served with the welcome drinks will eat into the budget; they are expensive for caterers to produce and can often range from £4-£10 per person dependent on the final choice as well as the number of canapés you serve.
TIP 2-Consider simple nuts, nibbles, pretzels as a cost saving option or ask your caterer to make rounds of sandwiches and cut them into fingers, you can now call it an “afternoon tea” style reception.
The time between arriving at the venue and being seated for dinner will determine how many canapés and drinks per guest you need to allow. Some guests may have travelled far and wide and will need topping up if there is a while before dinner.
TIP 3- open the bar early and allow guests to buy themselves a second or third drink if they prefer.
More to follow……………………