Timing Q for UK church ceremony brides

posted 3 years ago in United Kingdom
Post # 4
Hostess
10888 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@RainStorm: Hi, it took about 5 mins. We didn’t give any entertainment as most people came and took pics. 

Post # 5
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573 posts
Busy bee

As a vicar’s daughter who has been to many UK weddings in CofE churches the actual signing of the register takes around 5 mins, including the pics of family behind the couple.  Often organist/tape player plays gentle or meaningful music in the duration and everyone either watches or takes photos or catches up with the latest gossip in whispers, lol.  You wouldn’t need any longer than 5 mins.  The wedding service itself can vary from 30 mins to 45 mins depending on how many hymns, songs, readings you have. 

 

Hope this helps 🙂

 

Post # 6
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409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Ours took about 10mins including photos, but we were at a church wedding yesterday where it took about 3 mins! We had musician friends playing a couple of our favourite classical pieces and then the organ playing until we’d finished. I don’t think entertainment is necessary but I am a musician so good music was important to us!

Post # 7
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2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

About 5 minutes. You don’t need to “entertain” your guests but it is quite usual to play music during the signing.

Post # 9
Hostess
10888 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@RainStorm: Actually yes we did, we had a string quartet and they played something. It’s only been two years and I’m starting to forget things already.

Post # 10
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2052 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@RainStorm:  I’ve heard it takes about 5 mins, max 10. We’ll be having at least one, possibly two pieces of music to cover it. But the music for the ceremony is important to me and we’re having 2 solo pieces and one choral anthem, so we need to find somewhere to slot those in to the ceremony. While the register is being signed seems a good place!

Post # 11
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7664 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I second the others… about 5 minutes, and you play a piece of music during the signing… either some organ music, or a quartet, or a choir solo etc.

Post # 12
Member
573 posts
Busy bee

Yeah, why not have some music but if you finish the signing before the piece is over, have somone hovering over the fade button Wink

Post # 13
Member
291 posts
Helper bee

I’m in the choir at our church so see a lot of weddings. The register takes 5-10 minutes – if you’re having the church choir there they can sing an anthem or a hymn or two while you’re signing, just as some background music. People will probably chatter a bit too! 

Post # 14
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538 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Yeah I’d say 5-10 minutes normally, including the photos. Been to a few church weddings now and generally people will just have music playing, whether its through speakers or via the live musicians they’ve hired (might as well get your money’s worth from them!). I’d suggest picking 2 tunes of about 4-5 minutes each and if you’re finished the signing early then just wait or if it takes longer then no one will probably notice (I can’t see how it will take longer though!)

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