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I have always said that the most important aspects of any event are the lighting, timing and the shoes you are wearing.While the 3 work in unison to produce the magic that is a flawless event, I am going to focus this post only on the timing - or flow.

The flow of a wedding is vital. Proper timing can make the wedding events glide effortlessly, while poor scheduling can kill the party.

Here are a few tips to consider when determining your wedding day schedule of events.

1. Consider seeing each other before the ceremony. While this sounds crazy, I know, it alleviates a lot of pressure, and you can take a lot of photos beforehand - thereby making the flow of your event better.

2. Sequencing all of the wedding receptions events at once is my preferred route. The cake cutting, toasting, and first dances should be done back to back so that everyone can enjoy the dinner, dancing, and discussions without anymore interruption.

3. Dancing between courses is not usually a good idea because it strains the feeding time and can make guests restless and less encouraged to dance if they have to continually keep an eye on their plate.

4. Keep toasts short and sweet, and consider shortening the number of people who are prepared to give a speech. Long-windedness at a wedding is common and can be frustrating to guests and the couple alike. The DJ is a good friend to have in such a case because he is in charge of the sound system and can switch gears quite easily if you give him a knowing look.

Since every wedding is unique you must consider your specific scenario to determine what will work best for you and your group. Less is always more and the goal should be to leave guests on a high note wanting more.

Photo: One Love Photo