Post # 1
I have seen a lot of posts on this but no one coming back telling how it all actually worked out. I saw on one post that they would be starting around 6 and would include in the invite that the guests are welcome to come to just the reception if they can not make it to the ceremony. I think this might be the way we go but I was wondering if anyone could let me know if they went this way and how it worked. Also, give me any other ideas on how well your Friday ceremony worked. Or if it did not tell me.
Post # 3
Mine is in July, but ours is starting at 4:00. We are having an intimate wedding and a lot of the people attending are teachers/work at schools, so we know they are available. If this wasn’t the case, we would def have an evening ceremony around 6:00pm. I would wonder how pictures and dinner would work at that time, however.
Post # 4
Pictures would be ok around 6pm here because in Sept it still will not be getting dark until about 7:30, but I am worried that people will not want to wait that late to eat.
Post # 5
We’re having a Friday night wedding, and our ceremony starts at 6 pm. However, we’re doing ALL of our pictures beforehand, so that we can enjoy cocktail hour with our guests and have dinner shortly after.
Post # 6
I’m thinking 4:30 ceremony.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
Our venue is 10 minutes south of my town, so we went with 5:30 for the ceremony time. People might have to leave the office a tad early, but not too early.
I went to a Friday wedding with a 3:30 ceremony and a few people couldn’t make it. They were at the reception.
Post # 8
I had mine at 2:30 but we had tons of out of town guests that were coming in prior to the wedding and come from a family of teachers and shift workers so Saturday wouldn’t have necessarily been any better. I think we had three people that were only able to attend the reception and nobody declined specifically because it was a Friday. However we and our closest friends who all happen to work the same shift as us all work 4 on 4 off so we specifically chose a Friday that fell on days off.
Post # 9
Thank you for the input and I think we will do the pics before hand. My Fiance pointed out that most everyone that who will be there, with the exception ot about 2, either set their own hours, don’t work or would have taken the whole day off even if it were on a Sat wedding just to be around to help. The 2 that do not both do have to travel so either way, if they plan to be there, they would have had to take at least half the day off to be there. I really don’t want to set it earlier than 5pm just because of my kids being in school, even if I get them out early, and because of traffic near the ceremony site which may make it difficult to access. I think we have decided on the 6pm time, to tell guests that if they can not make it to the ceremony we would still ove to have them for dinner and who ever is going to be there will be there either way. Again thank you for the input.
Post # 10
Excuse my typos, I really should be in bed since it is 1:30am
Post # 11
I’m with mink – mine’s at 5:30 pm as well but I wished I had done it for later. I would say 6:30 to 7 would be the ideal time…
Post # 12
We are starting the ceremony at 7:00. We will also do all pictures beforehand (including a First Look session). I didn’t even think about people eating late, but oh well. Any earlier and I think more people would not come or be late walking in on the ceremony.
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)
I had a Friday family-only ceremony at 4:30 PM, and then our reception started at 7 PM. It was perfect for everyone!
Post # 14
We are getting married on 21st September, and our Ceremony will start at 3pm. I chose this time mainly for the lighting factor. We are getting married on Lake Macquarie, and at that time the afternoon light will be soft and buttery.
Post # 15
My mom recently got remarried and her’s was on a Friday too – it was at 6:30. Most people lived and worked locally, so they were able to work until regular time or leave a little early.