Mind the gap

You have had a great meal during the wedding breakfast. Your dad made you cry, the groom made you cry and the best man made everyone cry (with laughter) during […]

You have had a great meal during the wedding breakfast. Your dad made you cry, the groom made you cry and the best man made everyone cry (with laughter) during the speeches. All is going well. The venue you are in require you to vacate the room so that they can set it up for the evening’s entertainment. This gap is inevitable in quite a lot of venues. If you have a separate room where the dancing etc can take place then no problem but if it is all going to take place in the same room then MIND THE GAP!

  • A good venue with good staff will be able to turn the room around in about 45 minutes. 60 mins tops. Ask your wedding co-ordinator how long this will take at your venue. The gap between the WB/speeches shouldbe as short as possible. I have shot weddings at venues where the staff took 2 hours to turn the room around. That’s rubbish. Good venues will pride themselves on how quickly they can do this.
  • If you are in a hotel and lots of your guests are staying the night, a good number will use this gap in proceedings to go to their rooms. Some couples actively encourage their guests to do this and I have to confess that I never understand why. Any atmosphere created by the WB and speeches will be completely lost as people go their separate ways.
  • If you are having evening guests they will arrive at this point. It is always better if there are lots of people about when they arrive. If everyone has disappeared to their rooms it won’t look great.

Having said all that there is nothing you can do about it to be honest. Ideally you would have a short break after the WB/speeches and then go straight into dancing after in a different room. If this isn’t possible then a gap in proceedings is inevitable. Just be aware of the implications.