Q: I don’t have a wedding planner, so I’m working on my preliminary wedding day schedule and I’m not sure how much time to allot for things. How much time should I allot for the ceremony? And then how much time do I need to hire the ceremony musicians for?
Creating a wedding day schedule can be challenging if you are doing it on your own, so these are great questions to ask. For the ceremony, the time frame can vary, but most ceremonies last about 30 minutes. A full mass or a religious ceremony (whatever your religion may be) will take about a hour. 99% of ceremonies will usually fall into one of these two timeframes. However, you should build in a little extra time in case you start late (which does happen).
Regarding the ceremony musicians, you’ll want them to start playing about 30 minutes prior to the wedding as a prelude to greet your wedding guests as they arrive and then 15-30 minutes after the wedding as a postlude. If you are having cocktails after the ceremony in the same location, you should consider having your ceremony musicians play during that time period as well because then the music will easily flow from one part to the other. If you are getting married in a separate location from your reception, then just having them play another 15-30 minutes after the wedding will suffice.
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