No two weddings are the same, but the following example (from our own Head Chef's wedding with us in 2014) itinerary gives you an idea...
9am ~ Bridal Party Arrival.
Colleen arrives with her immediate family, bridesmaids and beautician, heading to our Lakeside Suite to begin preparations. Colleen has full use of our Lakeside Suite for the duration of the day and evening, offering a peaceful retreat from the buzz and bustle of the day.
10:30am ~ Final Deliveries' Arrival.
The last of the day's carefully planned and sourced finishing touches arrive, including the fresh floral arrangements which are placed into position around the ceremony room, the bouquets which are delivered to the Lakeside Suite, and the buttonholes which are arranged and kept safely in reception.
Meanwhile the main photographer has arrived and is gathering background shots of the ceremony room (as well as all-important make-up and hair prep photos!).
11:30am ~ First Guests Begin to Arrive.
Warmly welcomed by members of our team, the first guests are guided through to the K Bar and Lounge, allowing for mingling, conversation and reminiscing.
12:00pm ~ Groom's Party Arrival.
Richard arrives with his immediate family and best man, looking nervous but seeing familiar faces in the K Bar.
12:10pm ~ Registrar's Arrival.
The day's registrars arrive and begin preparations. This is done in a quiet part of the building, and involves the bride and groom being interviewed separately - well, they can't see each other just yet!
12:15pm ~ Guests Begin to take their seats.
Guests are ushered upstairs to the Badminton Suite, resplendent in natural light, classical music and the scent of fresh flowers.
12:25pm ~ Groom Takes Position.
Richard, looking nervous, takes his position at the top of the aisle whilst the last of the guests arrive - including that uncle who is late for everything.
12:29pm ~ The Bride Emerges.
Colleen emerges from the Lakeside Suite looking radiant. Her mum tries really hard not to cry, her dad has a very proud look on his face. Each of the bridesmaids are handed their bouquets and take formation in the wings of the Badminton Suite. Nervous excitement spreads across the gathered crowd.
12:30 ~ The Ceremony Begins.
The lead registrar conducts each Civil Ceremony and Partnership, so before the official business gets under way they introduce themselves, The Kendleshire, and a brief welcome.
Then, with a nod, Pachelbel's Canon (Richard & Colleen's choice) begins playing and in unison the assembled guests turn their heads to the Bridal party now making their way towards the main aisle.
Civil ceremonies cannot legally make use of religious music, but there is still a huge variety of classical music (and modern too) that we find people choose for all manner of reasons. The registrars will want to pre-approve your choices though, so you may not get away with anything too risque!
12:55 ~ Post-ceremony Drinks and Photos.
The newly-married couple, looking very happy and very relieved, lead their guests out of the Badminton Suite and downstairs to the Garden Room. Welcoming them are more of the Weddings Team with a very inviting looking arrival drinks selection, glasses laid out into the shape of hearts. Guests have use of the Garden Room and Weddings Garden for photos (formal and informal), confetti shots, bouquet-throwing and general mingling. Meanwhile, back in the Badminton Suite the room is being stripped and relaid for the Wedding Breakfast - a flurry of activity whilst chairs make way for tables, polished cutlery and glasses take their places alongside table decorations and favours.
14:30 ~ The 'Line Up' and Wedding Breakfast.
Moments earlier, the new Bride & Groom have visited the transformed Badminton Suite with their main photographer to get some special shots taken, and while this happens guests are ushered back towards the main staircase.
At the top, the new Mr & Mrs welcome each and every guest to their Wedding Breakfast, and as each guest enters the Badminton Suite for the second time today they take in the newly-adorned space before them. Richard & Colleen have chosen to hang bunting from the wooden beams of the vaulted ceiling, and yellow flowers are positioned throughout the room.
As the last guest takes to their seat, the sound of a knocking gavel brings the room to silence. The new Mr & Mrs Guest are announced into the room, to rapturous applause and a standing ovation.
The banquet begins!
15:30 ~ Speeches.
It is part of the day filled with as much dread as it is delight, the time for thank yous, poignant and heart warming anecdotes, tributes, and often funny or embarrasing stories. Shaky hands and dry mouths give way to ripples of laughter and it doesn't take long for each speaker to get the whole crowd on their side.
Just in time for the Best Man's speech, a projector screen appears and Richard's closest mate makes good use of photos (and video) during his hilarious speech, and newly-topped glasses are raised to most of the top table.
16:30 ~ Comfort Time.
A natural pause in the day allows for further family and friend mingling, as well as the Bride & Groom to continue catching up with more of their guests. At this time the adjoining Henfield Room has been turned into a children's room, with games and a film on the big screen keeping some of the younger members of the big day entertained at a time when they could be beginning to flag - safe while their parents continue enjoying themselves yards away.
We find that at this point local guests like to pop home, some guests will go out and get some fresh air, and others could head back to the Weddings Garden or our sun-loving patio to watch a few shots being played into the 18th green beyond.
18:00 ~ The Buggy Ride.
Just before six o'clock our unique stretched 'limo' golf buggy, polished (naturally) draws up to the front steps. On the hour Richard & Colleen, accompanied by their little boy, their chief bridesmaid & best man, and main photographer are whisked away to a private and picturesque location in the Kendleshire grounds for some extra special photos.
Meanwhile the Badminton Suite begins its third transformation of the day, this time into the venue of the evening's entertainment. Our resident DJ fires up his lights and sound system with some background music, and a buffet table emerges at one end of the Badminton Suite.
19:30 ~ Cutting the Cake, and the Evening Party Begins.
Another of the day's traditional and must-have moments, just as the evening guests begin to arrive. Our bay window, the ideal place for such a spectacle, allows everyone to get a great photo. Before long the dancefloor is filling too!
20:30 ~ The First Dance.
Unbeknown to Colleen, Richard has been having secret dancing coaching! So, to the sound of 'Stand by Me' by Ben E. King, the happy couple dance away under the glitter ball - and Rich manages not to tread on Colleen's toes!
12:00am ~ The Bride & Groom Depart.
Heading off to their hotel after a long but thoroughly enjoyable day, the Bride and Groom are cheered and waved away. There's always some who are still dancing away, seemingly boundless energy though!
Rich & Colleen Guest married at The Kendleshire in July 2014.
Their amazing day was captured on camera by Sandy McClure from Love In Focus Photography.
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