Planning a wedding brings excitement and stress, chaos and delight. It’s easy to forget sometimes that the main aim of your wedding day is to celebrate your union as a couple. Unfortunately, it can be the same story on the day itself. Facing a jam-packed itinerary and mingling with all the guests, many couples find it impossible to steal a few moments together. It can be hard to get a bite to eat, let alone indulge in some quality time with your new spouse! Luckily, there are a few ways that you can spend more time together as newlyweds on your special day. Read on to discover 5 of our favourites.
1. Enjoy a first touch
Although tradition dictates that brides and grooms shouldn’t see each other on their wedding day until they meet at the end of the aisle, having a ‘first touch’ instead is a great way to enjoy a special, intimate moment alone. This great tip came from Yenni who shared her advice with Women’s Health Magazine:
“To stay in line with tradition, we chose not to have a first look on my wedding day. But someone told me that we should do a ‘first touch’ instead. My soon-to-be husband and I stood on either side of a door and reached out to touch. To make up for not physically seeing each other before the ceremony, we spent a few moments post-ceremony in a quiet space as a couple. These two moments were my absolute favorite out of the whole day.”
2. Exchange more than vows
Your vows and the wider wedding ceremony offer a beautiful way to express your feelings and unite as a married couple. Sharing them in front of loved ones makes them even more special. Yet for couples looking to enjoy a private moment, exchanging love letters or gifts before or after the ceremony offers a memorable chance to show your love away from prying eyes.
3. Have a sweetheart table
Many brides and grooms opt for the traditional top table to enjoy their wedding breakfast from, allowing them to be close to their new husband or wife as well as their nearest and dearest. However, the use of sweetheart tables at weddings is becoming more and more popular. Sweetheart tables are made for two and allow the newlyweds to sit alone. This space away from guests gives you and your bride or groom the chance to enjoy private conversations over your meal, and an opportunity to mingle with guests in your own time and at your own pace.
4. Embrace the couples’ shoot
There are a number of wedding day scenes that you and your photographer will be keen to capture. Post-ceremony offers the ideal time to head off into the wider house and grounds to capture those shots of you two together, while your guests mingle and enjoy their first drink.
Embrace your couples’ shoot as another way to spend time together on your wedding day, and let your photographer capture those more naturally occurring moments between the two of you. You may be surprised by the results!
5. Retreat to your bridal suite
If you’re staying over at your wedding venue – here at Gosfield Hall, you can end your fun-filled wedding day in pure luxury and comfort thanks to our stunning choice of suites and rooms – why not check out your quarters a little earlier than planned? Retreating to your bridal suite is great way to spend some quality time together, even if it’s just for 10 minutes while you breathe a sigh of relief that everything has gone to plan.
For more advice for couples, read our 5 things to remember on your big day.