Running Order your Wedding Day, Wedding Day Schedule
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4. Running Order
- This is the Wedding Day Scheduling (Running Order) Page. For other subjects, see Index of Wedding Planning topics or scroll to bottom of this page.
Running Order of the Day - Timings, Furnishings, Wedding Day Plan
At the Event Finalise meeting which takes place 30 - 40 days before your Wedding Day, we will need your timings and Day Plan and where you want everything to go, when and where, in some detail.
Running Order - Explained
This is where all your requirements for each room are carefuly documented. Most of the finishing touches and fine decorative work will be done by your Table Decor Suppliers and / or you.
The initial room set-up (positioning of tables and chairs, linen requirements for the table cloths, table plan layout in the Conservatory, the theatre ceremony room seating layout, chaircovers, thrones and stage set-up, the Nicolini Lounge welcome drinks set-up etc) will be down to us.
While some of these 'Running Orders' are very detailed (as per the example below, depending how detailed your specific plans are), some of the instructions are tasks we have to do and some are applicable to the Wedding Couple, being things you intend to do.
Other tasks will be for your Wedding Suppliers to do.
We need to know what you are planning and what you require of us, yourself and other suppliers, down to accurate detail, and we will specify on the Running Order who is doing what.
To help you in planning all this, we recommend you read Set Up by Suppliers here.
It is also recommended, in planning your Running Order that you also study the following sections of the Wedding Planner:
(i) Decide whether to appoint a Wedding Day Organiser - which may mean having a Toastmaster or a deputy to assist. Our in-house Wedding Planner will assist in this function throughout the day if you have not appointed anyone specific, but it is worth reading what an 'Organiser' is responsible for.
(ii) Study the Suppliers by Category Planner page, to check if there are any categories of Supplier you might have missed, or supplier services you might wish to add for your Wedding Day. Many of these are of course optional and will add to costs. Decide which additional services to hire, if any. View index of all the supplier categories to ensure you have checked which services you may need.
(iii) Study your Schedule for the Wedding Day (see also home page of this website which has a rough timing for a typical wedding). With this comprehensive list of all the elements of your day, and looking also at the examples above and below, work out your timings for each element.
The Wedding Day can be divided into a number of segments (a)-(h):
(a) Set-Up by the Suppliers - either night before (in Conservatory) between 10pm and midnight, once room vacated, or early on the day in the case of table decor by suppliers, and in the afternoon during the Wedding Breakfast, in the case of the DJ for the Evening Party.
(b) The Ceremony - typically around 12.00 to 2.00 pm. Note that the Ceremony occurs prior to guests booking in to their rooms, as booking in time is 3 pm, no earlier, to allow rooms to be cleaned. We have changing facilities in our sports room. The Ceremony will last about 30 minutes. See Wedding Ceremony Prelude, Processional, Ceremony and Recessional here.
(c) The Welcome Drinks - immediately after the Ceremony, served in the Nicolini lounge for most weddings, though on sunny days the Garden or Courtyard has been used as an alternative. Guests will now be getting hungry, and it is still 2 hours until you sit down for your Wedding Breakfast. Consider including Canapes with the welcome drinks to stave off guests' hunger.
(d) The Photographs - this is now a serious part of the day for your photographer who will want to capture the best shots. You need to allow two hours between the Ceremony finishing and the Wedding Breakfast starting for photographs.
Your photographer will need help from your appointed Wedding Day Organiser to shepherd guests away from the bar area and various rooms where they will be chatting, to be photographed in various locations inside and outside the castle, in the Courtyard, and in the theatre gardens with the backdrop of the Brecon Beacons National Park, or even, in the Country Park itself (you and close family or you and the groom alone) for lakeside shots and woodland shots in the lower gardens / Country Park boating lake.
(e) The Wedding Breakfast - Allow a minimum of two and a half hours for this, going on three hours, with Speeches/ Toasts - see order of speeches here.
(f) Evening Entertainment - Should commence after an 'interval period' of an hour or so after the Wedding Breakfast ends, to allow guests to freshen up in their rooms, or catch up chatting to other acquaintances friends and relatives whom they were not seated next to, at the Wedding Breakfast itself.
Read more on Wedding Breakfast and Evening Buffet timings here.
(g) Evening Buffet - Should go out around two and a half hours to three hours after the Wedding Breakfast ends, to allow guests to build up an appetite and to avoid food wastage. The recommended interval of around 3 hours can be shortened down to two hours if you have a large contingent of evening extras arriving (they will arrive hungry, unlike the by now very content Wedding Day Guests).
(h) Coaches collect non-residents - Transport should be laid on if having a large evening contingent, rather than risk drink-drive. However our Wedding Packages generally encourage high accommodation use, so the Party lasts long into the night and people can relax and enjoy themselves because they do not have to worry about driving home late at night.
It is generally better with any 'destination wedding venue' - which we are - to invite everyone for the whole day, rather than expect evening only guests to make a long journey to somewhere which is not local to any town and to which guests will have to travel some distance to get to.
While we will help you set up a lot of elements of your wedding, where extra work is required and any extra staffing has to be laid on, there may be a small service charge. Also, as we are now recommending Brecon based table decor company 'Centre of Attention', much of your table decor will be taken care of for you, if you elect to use our recommended supplier.
Finally, it is recommended you appoint a few 'helpers' of your own, who can help look after the decor elements you are responsible for, and to help ensure any suppliers you have appointed to do work on your behalf, do as you have planned.
You as the Wedding Couple certainly do not want to be chasing Suppliers and organising things on your Wedding Day. Much of this general management of the Wedding Day will be taken care of for you by the Castle's Wedding Planner of course, but appointing your own Wedding Day Organiser is also a good idea.
In the old days your helpers would be the Best Man and Ushers, but this tradition has died out and, indeed, most Best Men are unfamiliar with such duties.
Traditionally weddings would appoint a Toastmaster, though this seems to be falling out of fashion too. I have always believed a Toastmaster familar with the venue really adds to the sense of occasion and of course, they are experienced in seeing things that need doing on your Wedding Day.
A Toastmaster helps with meeting and greeting guests, giving a good first impression, and helps with directing guests to various locations, rooms and facilities around the Castle. They also help muster everyone together for the Wedding Photographs, a task which is not easy when guests are mingling with each other, deep in conversation, around the bar.
A Toastmaster also assists any Suppliers with setting up at the Venue and with the Wedding Day Schedule.
In the absence of a Toastmaster, most of the above duties fall to the Castle's Wedding Planner, though they will not be exclusively meeting and greeting and directing your guests in the same comprehensive manner as a Toastmaster will.
In the example below, you will see how we have identified who does what task - e.g. us, you, or your supplier.
Running Order Forms -
Wedding Day Planner
At your Event Finalization Meeting we will go through and discuss the running oder of your day. If you want to jot down any ideas, to discuss with us feel free to add your comments so we can best see how we can make your day that much more special.
At the meeting we will confirm timings, numbers, eating layout, menus and the general running order of the day also add anything you are bringing and at the same time we add anything extra to your account, that you may wish to add on.
You can download an old sample Running of the Day/Event Finalisation Document in Word here or as a PDF here
Download a blank Running Order form so you have a headstart on ideas for your day -
or as a PDF here
Sample Running Order of the Day Form - 2022/23
Number of guests for breakfast the day after wedding:
- Front car park closes – Yes or No
- Disabled Ramp – Yes or No
- Any other notes:
- Venue decorator or couple decorating:
- Restaurant meal needed: yes or no
- Number of guests:
– Time and style (theatre or ballroom)
- Chairs – covered or un-covered
- Rows – how many chairs – 5 or 6
- Reserved seating?
- Gold thrones – Yes or No
- Centre of attention flowers – yes or no
- Any other decorations?
- Music for ceremony:
- Confetti in theatre – Yes or No
- WELCOME DRINKS - Time - where served
Choice one -
Choice two -
- Time of photos:
- Bay window table: Post box or guest book?
- Any other decorations?
- Table plan & Easel?
- Canapes CYN or Couple providing
WEDDING BREAKFAST SERVED:
o Option 1:
o Option 1
o Option 2:
o Vegetarian option:
o Children’s option:
o Option 1
- CAKE: Where, when cut, when served & when and by who is delivering? cake stand, and cake knife needed
- WINE ON TABLES: Who suppling? Choices? How many per table
- TOAST DRINKS: Who suppling? Choices?
- Corkage: Are you providing any drinks to guests on our corkage system?
- WATER ON TABLES –Lemon slices and ice
- Table Linen & Napkin design:
- Favours & name tags:
- Centre pieces:
- CYN candelabras needed:
- Conservatory chairs: covered or uncovered
- Table Layout: Long top table and how many rounds?
- Highchairs needed: How many?
- Any other decoration or extras:
- Music for wedding breakfast:
- Microphones needed for speeches: Yes or No
– where & what time & how many?
- Buffet menu & when served?
- Evening Entertainment: Who and when arriving
- Table layout – banquets or squares etc.
- Any extra info:
- Early check in’s:
- Accommodation grantee met: Yes or No
Here is one example of a typical Wedding Client's Running Order and Day Plan.
Another example follows below this one.
Wedding Day – Tuesday xx/xx/2018
Day guests – 40 adults and 10 children (children still to be confirmed)
Evening guests – 80 guests
Banqueting Room Set-Up by Bride and Suppliers:
Bride said she might stay the night before. Agreed as there is no wedding the day before they could either set up the night before, or on the morning of the wedding from 8am.
Timings of the day:
Ceremony – 2:00 pm
Welcome Drinks – 2:30 pm
Photographs - 2.30-3.45 pm
Speeches – 4:00 pm before food (allow up to 30 mins for speeches, might be less, before commencing service)
Wedding Breakfast – 4:30pm
Waitresses Serve First Course - 4.30 pm
Cake cutting 6.00 pm – With speeches
Evening reception commences – 7:00pm
Conservatory Vacated fully - 7.30 pm
Buffet Served in Function Room – 8:30pm
Peroni and Prosecco, maybe more Prosecco than Peroni but still TBC. 10 Orange Juices for kids.
Wedding Breakfast Drinks:
Wine on Tabes – As per Drinks Package
Toast drinks – As per Drinks Package
Menu Choices and Numbers of each course:
Haven’t sent invites out yet, so I told them to add the food choices on to the invites and send them ASAP.
Using as 3rd course. 3 Tiers (1 will be a dairy free) anything that’s left after 3rd course, cut and put out with the evening buffet.
Standard 6 item buffet - awaiting choices of the 6 items.
Numbers: 60 guests (invited 80 but no-show rate estimated at 20).
Theatre Instructions - Decor & Furnishing, Floor and Seating Style:
Chair covers to stay on.
Gold thrones - removed.
Music: Confirmed they need a CD with 4 songs, we provide the CD player and someone to play it - test CD plays OK before Ceremony.
Conservatory Instructions - Decor & Furnishing, Tables & Seating Plan:
5 round tables and a top table.
Cake to go on the bureau table.
2 extra tables against the window on the left as come down the stairs. One for sweets and one to put a frame on that they are attaching photos to from a polaroid camera. They want this then to be removed before the evening.
Nici Lounge – Decor & Furnishing:
Putting a card box by the window.
Welcome drinks - display on oak chest.
Evening function - Decor & Furnishing:
Sample Wedding Couple Running Order (a 2018 wedding)
Package – MWP
Wedding Date: xx/xx/2018
Numbers – 85 Day (11 Children & 74 Adults)
CEREMONY – Theatre 2:00 PM Theatre Style
NO COA FLOWERS!
HARPIST ON STAGE.
BEHIND THE THRONES ARCH OF FLOWERS BY XXXXXXX AND SUPPLIER RF ALSO PROVIDING FLOWERS FOR THE PILLARS
XXXXX (DOG) PART OF THE CEREMONY CARRYING THE RINGS TO THE COUPLE.
Lanterns on Sills & Lanterns on Floor Leading Down the Red Carpet (Provided by Couple)
White & Silver Petals From Start Of Chairs To Stage (Provided By Couple)
85 (CYN) Covered Chairs & One for Harpist On The Stage.
Registrar Table With Both Mum & Nan Candles On. (Arch Behind This Table)
Order Of Day on Every Chair. (Provided and placed By Couple)
END OF SERVICE EXIT OUTSIDE FIRE EXIT TO THE ARCH FOR PHOTOS AND RELEASING OF DOVES.
TIME OF PHOTOS: 2:30PM
WELCOME DRINKS: 2:30 PM (AFTER CEREMONY) (BAY WINDOW)
• 74 PROSECCO
• 10 ORANGE JUICE
to be served in Nicolini Lounge in a circle going around the Chocolate & Strawberry stand (NO INTIALS ON GLASS ARRANGEMENT)
CYN TO PUT ROUND TABLE & CLOTH FOR Chocolate Stand (FOH PLEASE NOTE)
Welcome to our Wedding sign, Card box, Heart comments puzzle, All on WOOD CHEST with Silver Table Cloth in The Nicolini Lounge (Provided by Couple) FOH NOTE
Table Plan on Easel as You Walk Through the Door & Party Pics on Another Easel Also by Door (CYN to place Easel with Table Plan, Bride to position Party Pics)
WEDDING BREAKFAST SERVED IN CONSERVATORY: 4:20PM
TABLE 1 HIGHCHAIR
SOUP & PATE STARTERS
BEEF & LAMB MAINS WITH 1 CHICKEN MAIN (PLAIN NO SAUCE PLAIN)
CHEESECAKE & FUDGE BROWNIE.
WINE ON TABLES – 9 Red, 9 Rose, 9 White – 1 of each per table.
Corkage paid for 2 Bottles of Moet. LABELS TO BE PROVIDED BY COUPLE BUT CYN TO PUT LABELS ON!
WHITE LINEN TABLE CLOTHS & 'SHARD' NAPKINS.
CYN PROVIDE CANDLELABRAS
RHIAN FRANCES TO COVER CHAIRS, DECORATE AND TABLES!
Every Other Row Will Have Cloud Balloons on Them & Every Other Mirror Plates with Lanterns On, Silver & White Petals & Crystals Down Centre OF Every Table.
Cake Table Round with White Table Cloth (CM TO PROVIDE) & Lit Skirt & Wedding Favours All Set Up by Cake Maker Next to Top Table
Top Table: Two Large Libra Lights On & Lit Each End of The Table & Blossom Pillars from Theatre Also Each End of Table (Two Mum & Nan Candles Next To These Not Lit)
Two Thrones For Both Grooms & Three Chairs Dressed For Mum, Dad & Nan (DOGBED IN FRONT OF TABLE)
CONSERVATORY TOILETS TOILETRIES PROVIDED BY COUPLE [CYN PUT IN PLACE]
WATER ON TABLES OR ON A TABLE ON THE SIDE
EVENING RECEPTION: 7:30PM
EVENING BUFFET CHOICE: BEEF PLATER, CHEESE PLATTER, WEDGES, PASTIES & PASTRIES, COCKTAILS BITS & PIECES, CHICKEN WINGS & DRUMSTICKS, WARM BREAD ROLLS, WEDDING CAKE
CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN (Provided by Couple)
Banquet Style Row Tables (6 ROWS), White Table Cloths on All Tables & White Covers on Chairs (DECORATION BY SUPPLIER RF)
PETALS & CRYSTALS
(PICTURE OF TABLE PLAN PROVIDED)
Large Candelabras on Buffet Tables & Blossom Pillars Each End of Buffet.
Drag artist as entertainment- Joanna Bumme 8:45PM For Approximately 1 Hour.
Photographer is a member of the wedding party. RF is providing chair covers & backdrop for top table. Ruth Hicks is the harpist.
EXTERNAL CONTRACTORS ACCESS TIMES: TBA
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