We have talked a lot on The Willrich Wedding Planner’s Blog about what makes wedding guests happy. Again and again I have preached timing and flow, the two most important concepts of your event. Timing refers to your timeline, when are events to happen, how long is each event. Flow is how you move from one event to the next. Each event (such as the grand entrance, the first dance, welcomes) should flow seamlessly into the next without any “watch checking”.I was reading an article about Colin Cowie and he talks about he like to makes sure a new event, or interesting moment happens before the guests have time to look at their watch. What a great statement. By the time a guest is looking at his watch he has gone from “wow this is cool” to “when is this going to end”.
The biggest complaints by guests are that things just drag on. If you ever watch the show Four Weddings you know that once those brides start checking their watches, they are going to start finding fault. “Watch checking” starts when the ceremony does not start on time, when cocktail hour runs to long (45 minutes at the most, with 15 minutes to get guests inside and seated) when dinner takes too long to start or too long to finish up. There are always the dreaded toasts that run on and on. You may think it is sweet but after the second one your guests are bored and watch checking begins.
When setting up your timeline be aware of these things and make sure you have professionals in place to assure an excellent timeline and an enjoyable flow to your event.