Church Wedding Timings


Church Wedding Timings

At Pendrell Hall Wedding Venue

We are often asked how the timings for church ceremony weddings might run, the example below is based upon the church ceremony being held at 1.30pm but please be assured that our experienced Event Managers are on hand to talk through your individual timings and requirements. Every wedding is unique; please do not take this as a fixed schedule but it can be helpful to have an idea of how your day might flow.

9am The Day Before

You’ll drop off all your wedding day items which might include your drinks if you’ve chosen to provide your own, your music for the ceremony, your table plan, bunting and all those lovely personal touches you’ve picked out.

You’ll be bringing a box per table with the place name cards, favours and anything else Pendrell Hall is putting out on the tables for you. Remember that you will have discussed all your individual requirements and how you’d like things set up well before the wedding reception with your Events Manager who will be on hand to supervise the set up on your wedding day.

10am on Your Wedding Day

This is the earliest time that your wedding suppliers can arrive; your florist, wedding cake supplier, DJ etc.

Why not keep things stress free by hiring some of our Handpicked Suppliers, which includes our top picks of amazing local wedding suppliers.

Our exclusive wedding caterers will also arrive around this time to lay the tables and begin preparing your food and drinks.

Handpicked Suppliers

10.30am – Settle into The Dressing Room

Your Wedding Party arrive to enjoy getting ready in the amazing ready room. Equipped with an excessive number of power sockets, some amazing mirrors and a couple of comfy sofas, this lavish suite has everything you will need to enjoy your pre-wedding pamper session.

From 12 Noon – At the Church

The Groom arrives at the church with his Best Man and any Ushers in plenty time to welcome guests and pose for a few pictures!

1.30pm – The Church Wedding Ceremony

Church ceremonies can last anywhere from 20-45 minutes depending on the religion and denomination. As well as, if there are any readings and hymns included in the service.

2.00pm – Church Wedding Photos

You may want your photographer to capture some photos of the wedding party outside the church, following your ceremony. During this time, your other wedding guests will travel to Pendrell Hall

2.30pm – The Drinks Reception

Upon arrival, your guests are invited to make their way into The Drawing Rooms or into the gardens where our catering staff will be circulating with trays of drinks.

The drinks reception usually lasts around an hour and a half, during which time the photographer works hard to get all the shots you want, while your guests mingle and enjoy a drink with canapés perhaps.

Take the opportunity to sneak off and get some great photographs of just the two of you within the glorious grounds of Pendrell Hall.

For ideas about what to serve at your drinks reception and the options available please review the ‘Your Wedding Drinks’ information pack available to download from the Priority Information section of our website following your viewing.


4.30pm – Guests are Invited Into The Ballroom

Your guests are invited to take their seats in The Ballroom, the Bride & Groom wait until their guests are seated before being announced into the room, entering to rapturous applause.

4.45pm – The Wedding Breakfast

Your bespoke menu and accompanying wine is served with panache by the catering staff who are all smartly dressed in black uniforms.

For more detailed information about the catering options available please review ‘Your Daytime Menus Ideas Pack’ available to download from the Priority Information section of our website following your viewing.

After the Meal circa 6.15pm – Speeches

It is traditional for the Bride’s Father, the Groom and the Best Man, to say a few words on this auspicious occasion. Pendrell Hall provides a wireless microphone to ensure that your guests hear every word and the mobility of some of the more flamboyant speakers is not compromised!

7pm until 8pm – Mingling Time

It’s a nice idea to provide some form of entertainment for your guests for the period after the meal but before the evening’s dancing begins; a Casino in The Drawing Rooms perhaps, a magician or some acoustic live music. It’s the perfect time for any additional evening guests to arrive and join in the fun. For a list of our recommended entertainers please visit our Handpicked Suppliers list.

Alternatively, this is a lovely time for you and your guests to mingle, circulate and wander over to The Bar which opens straight after the meal.

8pm – Your First Dance

Will you choose to do a romantic slow dance, an expression of your love for each other with a couple of spectacular spins thrown in or a more energetic ‘this is my party and I’m going to enjoy it’ dance to get everyone in the mood?

Whether you fancy a DJ, a live band or even a ceilidh, check out our online Handpicked Suppliers List for a comprehensive list of live performers and details of our Dream Team DJs.

Handpicked Suppliers

8.30pm – Informal Evening Refreshments are served

Kick start your evening festivities by serving adventurous, delicious and inventive dishes to excite and energise your guests.

Our catering partners offer a wide variety of delicious options including BBQ options from The Smokehouse, Festival Food and classics such as Hot Roast Pork Baps with Crackling & Apple Sauce.

More detailed information on the options available can be found within the ‘Evening Food’ pack available for you to download from the Priority Information section of our website following your viewing.

11.45pm – Last Orders at The Bar Midnight – The Music ceases

As with all good fairy tales, this one ends at Midnight. Any guests not staying overnight at Pendrell Hall make their way home. It is advisable to include a link to our guest information webpage on your invitations, the page lists several local taxi companies for your guests.

12.15am – Pendrell Hall Wedding Venue Closes

Resident guests staying overnight in Pendrell Hall Guest Accommodation are welcome to make their way to the Guest Lounge where they can avail themselves of the tea and coffee facilities and wind down a little before retiring to bed.

Please note that these facilities are not available to non-resident wedding guests.

12.30am – All Non-Resident Guests to have departed from Pendrell Hall 

Our fabulous Pendrell Hall Estates Team carefully collect together all your belongings including any items left in the Bridal Preparation Suite and place them in secure overnight storage with any unopened drinks you may have supplied, ready for collection at your 9am or 9.30am slot, the next day.