Ceremony start time too early?

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1262 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon

Nope, 10am sounds great.  Brunch reception, anyone?

Post # 4
207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I was thinking a brunch reception as well if we ended up doing it on a Sunday. I love the idea of waffles, mimosas, and tons of other tasty nibbles. Let us know how it turns out!

Post # 5
940 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I went to and was in a wedding that was on a Monday at 10am, with the reception site about the same distance. While it was a little hard to get up sooo early to not only get ready as a BM, but to help the bride get ready (all DIY). Otherwise, it was nice and we had a lovely brunch reception. There really wasn’t any dancing, but that’s more the group that was invited than the timing.

Post # 6
1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I would probably push it to an 11 start time because you want to make sure you don’t have to get up ridiculously early to get ready.  Ceremony can be 11-11:30 and then reception can start at 12.  Agree with PPs that it should be a brunch reception!  I would feel weird eating traditional reception food at 12 in the afternoon.

Post # 7
3217 posts
Sugar bee

Why do you need to start at 10 to get to the recption by 12? If you are having a super early time, I think you need to have a very minimal gap, just enough time to get to the reception.

Post # 8
1888 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@crisaquarius24:  I like that time.  Everyone’s awake, can have a great time (without getting plasteres) and you two can go out and enjoy the day (or stay in) afterwards.

Post # 9
4540 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Royalton White Sands

I really wouldn’t mind a 10/10:30 start time. Sure, I’d have to get up a little early, but nothing crazy and I’d have the whole rest of the day to myself. 

Post # 10
2876 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1998

Honestly this would suit me perfectly 10-10.30 start and finishing by 4pm.

I’d love this as I’m not one for late nights but early starts are no problem for me. 

Post # 11
477 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@crisaquarius24:  10AM or 10:30AM is not too early for a ceremony start time.  I’ve attended an early ceremony, and it was a brunch-tea-time-with-cake kind of reception, and everyone had a great time.


Just be sure to consider the time you need to get ready in the morning (are you doing full makeup? hair? Are other bridesmaids/bridal party going to be an issue getting ready that early?).

Post # 12
842 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

10 sounds good, but no earlier than that.

Post # 13
3 posts
  • Wedding: June 2014

We are having a Sunday wedding With a ceremony start time of 11:00, and a brunch reception starting at 12. I just love the idea of a brunch, with the party to follow, and then being outta there and alone with your new husband to spend the rest of the evening! I do agree to make sure you will have enough time to get ready (and everyone else for that matter). this is my only worry for and 11 am start time. 


Good luck!! 🙂

Post # 15
2878 posts
Sugar bee

Whatever suits the couple, it’s their event after all ! Brunch, breakfast, dinner, whatever pleases them, and I’m in for it. 🙂

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