O – Order of Service
It is a lovely idea to have an order of service for either your ceremony or how your day will run (or both!) These can be put out on your guests seats so they know what will be happening during your service.
P – Photography
Photography is a really important aspect of your day. Choose a photographer who you trust and you know you will connect with on the day as you will spend a lot of time with them! It’s a good idea to arrange a pre-wedding photo shoot at the venue prior to the big day, which not only ensures the photographer is familiar with the location but it also helps forge a great relationship. We have a list of recommended photographers that have been to the Castle lots of times and therefore know the ideal places to create precious memories, for example our lovely duck pond and meadow.
Q – Questions
You will have lots of questions during the planning period of your big day. Write them all down so you remember to ask the relevant people and this will help you to not feel stressed during the run-up. My Front of House Manager here at the Castle really helped me during the build up to my wedding and was on hand to answer any questions I had. She was also a big support on the actual day.
R – Reception
Your Reception will be held after your wedding ceremony. This starts when your welcome drinks are served whilst you are having your photographs taken. Always think about how your guests will be kept entertained during this time. There can often be quite a gap between the ceremony and the meal so canapés are a fantastic option for in between. They look stunning and taste amazing!
S – Speeches
The first wedding speech is traditionally given by the father of the Bride who ends with a toast to the Bride and Groom, followed by the Grooms speech who finishes with a toast to the Bridesmaids and finally the Best Man’s Speech.
T – Tables
Think about whether you are going to number your tables or name them. It is a nice idea to name your tables after something special to the two of you, for example different places you have visited together or your favourite things. This adds a personal touch.
Katie at Clearwell Castle