According to the experts, this time can be used however you see fit, but they do have a few tried-and-true options.

By Sara Dickinson
May 26, 2020
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With all the anticipation and planning leading up to your big day, scheduling a private moment with your significant other during or after the celebration can be a great way to connect on a deeper level without getting distracted by your audience. Whether you take a moment to share private words or prayers, or to reflect on your marriage before being bombarded by well-wishing guests, taking a little time for yourselves is never a bad idea.

Julie Savage Parekh of Strawberry Milk Events has worked with couples who take a private moment for the two of them during the ceremony, usually while a meaningful song plays. "Normally it's just time to connect, soak it all in, exchange some sweet words or say a prayer," she says. Consider turning your microphones off while exchanging personal vows to keep the pressure off and give you time to connect privately. It's also a nice time to take part in a unity ritual or light a candle for a loved one who cannot be with you.

Most of the couples that Parekh works set aside 15 to 20 minutes of private time immediately after the ceremony. It's a great opportunity to soak in the gravity of the commitment they've just made, but there can also be a practical reason for this break. "This time can also be used for makeup touch ups, changing shoes, and we definitely like to have a tray of hors d'oeuvres and Champagne, so our clients don't miss out!" she says.

Laurie Arons, owner of Laurie Arons Special Events, also likes to arrange an area where the bride and groom can have some privacy together following the recessional. "We arrange a private space with Champagne and hors d'oeuvres to give them a chance to toast to their marriage and enjoy a quick bite of food before heading to photos or socializing with their guests," she says. "This quiet moment before the party begins allows them to be present with each other and often becomes a favorite memory from the day."

Your wedding day will fly by quicker than you can imagine, so it's important to schedule in a couple of opportunities to relish in your married status together and look around at all of your loved ones that have come from near and far to celebrate with you.

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