Spending more time with your spouse on your wedding day

Aug 2, 2022 | Wedding advice & ideas

A wedding day can feel like it flies passes in a blur. Sometimes couples look back on their day and wish they’d spent more quality time with their significant other. I know it sounds crazy the thought of not spending time with your partner on your wedding day but hear me out.

Suggestions on how to spend more time with your partner on your wedding day.

The majority of couples see their partner for the first time on their wedding day just before they say ‘I do’ on average around 1pm. If you have an average reception drinks time (90 minutes) you’ll likely spend some of that time doing couple photos, group photos and possibly a confetti line.

It’s very likely you’ll want to take the opportunity in your remaining drinks reception to mingle with your guests. On to dinner where most couples will opt for a shared table with loved ones. After dinner, there can sometimes be a lull, a perfect chance to chat with any guests you might not have spoken to yet. After this, it is usually evening guest arrival, cake cut, first dance and dancing the night away.  

You could say in the above paragraphs there were lots of opportunities to spend time together but in this blog post, I wanted to share some ideas on how you can maximise quality time with your new spouse on your wedding day. See my ideas below:

Consider a sweetheart table

I’ve always loved the idea of the sweetheart table, this is a table during the wedding breakfast just for the two of you. In recent years I’ve seen more couples doing this.

Sweetheart table set up at The Great Lodge wedding venue.
See the styled shoot here.

Greet guests together

During your drinks reception consider greeting your guests together as newlyweds rather than doing the rounds individually. This is advised if there are guests that one of you might not know, this provides a perfect opportunity for introductions.

Travel from the ceremony to the reception

Getting married in a different location to your reception? The travel time it takes to get to your reception location is often a perfect opportunity to spend time together. 

Bride and groom traveling Nixon's wedding car.
The car photographed above is from Nixons Car Hire.

Hide whilst confetti is being organised

Most couples opt for doing their confetti line to be straight after the wedding ceremony. I suggest my couples take 5 minutes away from the guests whilst we organise the confetti line. I do this for two reasons. Firstly you get some alone time together. Secondly it is so much easier to organise a confetti line when newlyweds are hidden away. Doing confetti after the ceremony creates a lovely flow into the afternoon of celebrations.

Music note wedding confetti cones for a church wedding at Glemham Hall.
Learn how to make your own wedding confetti here.

Consider a first look 

A first look is where you see your spouse before your wedding ceremony, it goes against traditions but it does create more time together on your wedding day. 

Before getting announced into the wedding breakfast 

Moving multiple wedding guests takes time, with some venues requesting 15 minutes to move everyone to their seats. Why not take the chance to be together before you get announced into the wedding breakfast?

LGBTQ+ wedding. Brides walking into their wedding reception at Gaynes Park wedding venue in Epping.
See Christie and Nina’s wedding at Gaynes Park over on the blog here.

Take a stroll around your venue

As I mentioned earlier there can sometimes be a lull after the wedding breakfast. Why not take the chance to wander around your wedding venue just the two of you before your evening guests arrive.

During couple portraits

I know that your photographer will be there too but as a photographer, I have witnessed so many lovely moments between wedding couples during their couple portraits. It is a lovely chance to have a quieter moment together.

Couple portraits at golden hour at Gosfield Hall wedding venue in Essex.
See Laura and Harry’s Gosfield Hall wedding on the blog here.