Friday, April 29, 2011
It is a glorious day for Prince William and Kate Middleton to become husband and wife. Their ceremony was beautiful and I was one of many who actually got up to watch the Royal Wedding at 4:00 a.m. (our time) and 9:00 a.m. (their time). The wedding was set to begin at 11:00 a.m. and the general guests began arriving two hours before the ceremony start time. The biggest thing I noticed was that the bride, Kate Middleton arrived at 11:00 a.m. on the dot and the ceremony started on time!
Starting the ceremony on time is critical. Because of the magnitude of this wedding, guests began to arrive two and three hours ahead of the ceremony start time. Beginning the ceremony on time is very important. Plus, it is polite and respectful to not keep your guests waiting.
This was one of the biggest things I noticed as a wedding planner because everyone had to be given a timeline and had to stick to it. Every car was scheduled to arrive at a certain time and did. Every person involved in the processional had to be dressed and ready at that specific time because waiting was not an option.
As a wedding planner, there are two critical items that I know to be true... every vendor involved with getting the bridal party and parents ready and to the church was a true professional and the timeline was communicated effectively to everyone and they understood that being late was not an option.
So when you are planning your own wedding, please keep this in mind. Do you have a team of professionals on your side helping you and your bridal party be on time? Or do they lack the experience to handle the job in a timely fashion and end up keeping your guests waiting? Because even if you are not having a Royal Wedding, you can still be Fashionably on time just like the Royal Wedding!
Best Wishes to All!