- 5 years ago
- Wedding: April 2014
@kelseybsc: I am not getting married at the citadel but I was also torn between start times. I initially though wow 4pm is so early! Our ceremony will be around the 30-45 minute mark as well.
The biggest deciding factor for me going with the 4pm time was whether or not to have a first look. We decided we wanted to keep things old school and have him not see me before the ceremony. We are going to need that 1 hour time frame (cocktail hour) to take pictures.
4:00pm – ceremony start – by the time everyone sits down, music is played…all the bells and whistles it will end around 4:45pm.
5:00-6:00pm – cocktail hour – this is time for all of us to take pictures.
If you’re doing a first look and taking your pictures before the ceremony then you really don’t need that extra time, the 6:00 would work perfectly. If you are not though, you’re going to want that nice hour while your guests are happy eating and drinking to take pictures 🙂 Otherwise if you went with the 6:00 – no one would be eating dinner till around 8 or so and thats pretty late.
Hope this helped!
We got married at the Chapel at 4pm. This was 100% the best choice for us because it allowed for us to still have time to take pictures with the light and enjoy an evening reception. We had a cocktail hour and then the reception started at 6pm/6:30pm I believe. I would be cautious of starting too late because as you mentioned there are noise ordinances in downtown Charleston.
We are actually getting married at 3pm on June 15, 2013–hmmm, we were never given a 4pm option! We are having a Catholic ceremony- oh boy!- and I figure everything will be wrapped up by 4pm at the very latest. Our cocktail hour will not start until 5pm at the Hibernian Society, and I realize that there is a little gap in time, but honestly, this is my party and I want to be able to enjoy it! So leaving an hour to get pictures done makes me feel like we won’t miss too much of the cocktail hour.
If I were you, I would choose 4pm for sure. We have to be out of our venue by 11, so I want to make sure I have a legitimately long reception- Charleston receptions tend to be very short compared to the midwest receptions I am used to.
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