Post # 1
Okay… so, something I am really worried about is the timeframe of the ceremony and reception..
How long was your ceremony? What is typical and what is considered overboard?
My fiance refused to have a night wedding, which I am now coming to terms with. However, we will have the chapel from 11am – 2pm. I was thinking, begin the ceremony at 12:30p. That way we have roughly an hour to get people seated and get the show on the road.
I am thinking the ceremony should end around 1:30. Between 1:30 and 2, we will have the exit, a few pics done and the cleanup will be done.
As for the reception, I was thinking about beginning it at 3pm. It’s about 10 minutes away, but I think it gives people time to chill out for a minute and for us to get all of the pictures done.
Post # 3
If it’s not a Catholic mass, then it most likely won’t take over 30 mins. My timeline is similar, and very tight:
1 – 1:30 ceremony
1:30 – 2 receiving line and formal pictures
2 – 2:45 formal pictures in park
2:45 – 3 drive to reception (10 minute drive, 5 to get out of city, and stop for one more photo on the way)
at reception by 3 hopefully – Reception cards said 2:30.
Post # 4
Agree with SubmarinersBride, if you’re not having a catholic wedding ceremony, you can have it as short as you want.
Our ceremony is also starting at 12:30, but we’re having a catholic ceremony so it wil end at 1:30.
Post # 5
Mine is actually tight as well
Pictures in church till 3:45
Pictures in park till 5:00
Reception Cocktail hour starts at 4:00, Dinner at 5:30
Post # 6
Thank you for posting!
I am such a stickler for time…certainly don’t want to over do it or be pressed for time.
Post # 7
When we reserved our venues (ceremony and reception with the same facility, different rooms) and we told them we want a 2:00 p.m. ceremony start time with a 4:00 p.m. reception, they put down the ceremony lasting from 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., non-religious. I was thinking it would take an hour, giving the amount of people walking down the aisle, and for handicap/wheelchair people who will be in the procession. And since we’re writing our own vows and my Uncle’s wife will be officiating, I don’t know what she had in mind, so it’s really not confirmed how long will things take.
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
That sounds like a good timeline, although, 90 minutes is a LONG ceremony for your guests– you may want to try and keep it under 60 depending on how your officiant feels.