A Guide to a Typical Wedding Timeline

Civil Ceremony
A very simple ceremony with no readings, special wording or photographs can be as short as 10 minutes. However most ceremonies usually take approximately 20 to 30 minutes.

Church Ceremony
Religious ceremonies can vary in length and we recommend you discuss it with your Church. As a guide;

Church of England – 40 to 50 minutes
Catholic with Mass – 1 hour 30 minutes
Catholic without Mass – 45 minutes to 1 hour
Methodist and Baptist – 30 minutes to 45 minutes

Most couples tend to have photos at the Church after the service. These usually take about 15 to 30 minutes depending on how many pictures you would like. We recommend speaking with your photographer.

When factoring in your timings its important to allow time for your guests to get into cars or other transport and travel the Great Tythe Barn!

Reception Drinks
We recommend leaving an hour and a half for your reception drinks. This will enable you to spend some time with your guests before the wedding breakfast have some photographs taken.

Receiving Line
If you choose to have a receiving line, the time can vary dependent upon the number of guests but can take between 15 and 45 minutes.

Wedding Breakfast and speeches
We recommend allowing between 2 hours and 2 and a half hours for the wedding breakfast and Speeches. It can vary dependent upon the number and also the menu.

Room Turnaround (if required)
We suggest leaving 45minutes – 1 hour to turn the barn from your Wedding Breakfast to an Evening Party Celebration Room. This is a natural break in the day and is a perfect time for your guests to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, check in to their rooms or freshen up ready for the evening reception.

An example of a Civil Ceremony Timeline
12.00pm Groom arrives at the Venue
12.15pm Guests and registrars arrive at Venue
12.40pm Groom is interviewed by registrar
12.50pm Bride is interviewed by registrars
1.00pm Civil Ceremony
1.30pm Drinks reception, canapés and photographs
3.00pm Receiving line (optional)
3.30pm Wedding breakfast & Speeches
6.00pm Cutting of the Cake & Room turnaround
7.00pm Evening reception guests arrive
7.30pm First dance
9.00pm Evening catering served
12am Music and evening reception to end
An example of a Church Service Timeline
(Based on Church of England)
12.30pm Groom and guests arrive at Church
12.45pm Bridesmaids and Mother of Bride arrive
12.55pm Bride arrives
1.00pm Wedding Service
1.45pm Photographs outside church
2.10pm Leave Church and travel to venue
2.20pm Drinks reception, canapés and photographs
3.50pm Receiving line
4.20pm Wedding breakfast & Speeches
6.50pm Room turnaround and reset (if required)
7.45pm Evening reception guests arrive
8.30pm Cutting of the Cake
8.35pm First dance
9.00pm Evening catering served
00.00 Music and evening reception to end