Post # 1
I know I have posted just about 300 million times about the struggles I have had with my Friday night wedding. Please vote in the poll (and comment below) based on the following info:
- It is important to me that people who attend make it to the ceremony, not JUST the reception.
- Traffic isn’t great on Friday nights and our wedding is out of the way a bit. Most people who will be coming will have to at least leave work early to make it there regardless of the time.
- We will not be serving a dinner, but very heavy apps. That being said, there will still be a seating chart and a portion of the night will be everyone sitting at tables.
- We are doing a first look, so there will be no break between our ceremony and reception.
- I really would love for people to stick around and party!
That being said, what time would you schedule the ceremony?
Post # 3
We are having a Friday night ceremony, and our plan was to do the ceremony at 7, be to the reception by 8, serve heavy apps, and dance the night away until midnight-12:30ish (we had to be out by 1).
Post # 4
i think having it at 7 will allow people more time to get ready and be there on time for the ceremony…leaving work early for one day as imprtant as this one shouldn’t be a problem for most people i think…
Post # 5
I think since you’re doing heavy apps, you don’t have to worry about avoiding dinner time, so I picked 7:00pm just to give guests extra time to get there.
But I also think it depends on how long your ceremony will be, if you’re having your ceremony and the reception at the same place, and how long after your ceremony concludes you plan on serving the apps.
If the ceremony is super long or the ceremony and reception will be at different locations, start the ceremony earlier, so your guests can eat at a decent time (not too late). I think 8:00pm would be the very latest you should have them start eating, especially if they’re coming straight from work.
Post # 6
@JenniMichele: Ceremony will be 25 minutes and it’s all at the same venue. We will walk straight down the aisle, down a flight of stairs and food/drinks will be waiting right away. We’re doing a first look so there will be no gap.
Also, I hope people don’t come straight from work, since it is semi formal. I expect many will go home first to change. If not oh well – I’d rather they were on time to the ceremony than be in a fancy dress.
Post # 7
@christalynn11: Oops, I meant more along the lines of coming without having dinner first– not exactly straight from work.
With your additional details in mind, I think 7pm would be great.
Post # 8
I voted for 7 p.m., because we’re attending a Friday night wedding in a few weeks and it starts at 6 p.m. We are both going to have to leave work 2-3 hours early to be able to make it on time in rush hour traffic. 7 p.m. would still require us to leave early, but we wouldn’t have to take what practically amounts to a half day off – I think it’s a good option.