Post # 1
Hi Bees, what ceremony time did you choose and what was your reasoning behind it? I think I’ve decided not to do a first look but I’m still thinking about it. I need to decide on a ceremony time to get started on the invites. We’re getting married on the shore overlooking the water in a great big open spit of land on Lake Huron…reception is at the same site as the ceremony. Any thoughts?
Post # 3
Our ceremony is at 4:00pm. We wanted to have ample time to do all the photos before hand (including a first look) and we also wanted to not have a gap between our ceremony and our reception (especially since both are taking place at one venue). This way the ceremony ends around 4:45 and guests can go right in to enjoying the cocktail hour before dinner at 6.
Post # 4
5:00 pm on a Saturday. We are getting married at the venue and the reception starts at 6:00. So we are giving ourselves about 20 minutes for the ceremony and 45 mins – 1 hour for pics
The guests attending the ceremony will go right into the unofficial cocktail hour. They don’t have to wait until 6
Post # 5
6pm! Because everyone looks better at night.
Post # 7
6:30, because we’re having it on weeknight, and want a couple people who work to be able to come join the fun. And since we’re not having a traditional wedding, we’re doing dinner right after our ceremony.
Post # 8
Our wedding is on a Saturday, and our ceremony starts at 5:30. We would have loved for it to start at 5 to give us just a little more time with our guests throughout the evening, but our venue won’t let guests arrive until 5.
Post # 9
Saturday ceremony at 1pm, cocktail hour (and photos of us, parents, & WP) from 1:30-2:30, lunch reception at 2:30, probably ending around 5 or 6- then likely after party at a favorite local bar/restaurant that is not hosted by us.
We have quite a bit of out of town family, so we couldn’t really do a Friday night wedding, and the country club we are using has much better catering prices on lunch plates versus dinner. I wanted to do a plated meal instead of a buffet (large wedding, didn’t want people to wait in line for food) and with their lunch menu pricing we can have what we really want without breaking the bank.
I also like the idea of an earlier wedding because we have all day to enjoy being married- but the downside is I will have to get up super early to get my hair done. That’s ok though, I will be so excited I won’t sleep anyway!
Post # 10
Our wedding was on a Sunday, at 2. We allocated about an hour for the ceremony (traditional, we didn’t cut it short) and an hour for photos. Reception was at a different location and officially began at 4, though people were there before that & food was laid out by 3:30.
A lot of people get weird about earlier weddings, but I really enjoyed it! I had more energy and didn’t spend the whole day waiting around. The reception rocked on until after eight with plenty of dancing and drinking. There was an impromptu after party too, apparently! We were able to head to our honeymoon after the reception and spend the night at a nice hotel, which was lovely.
Post # 11
1 pm on a Saturday, because that’s the latest our church will let us have our ceremony on a Saturday.
Post # 12
Our ceremony is at 2pm. We didn’t want to do the traditional evening wedding with lots of dancing (for many reasons) and instead opted for a more casual afternoon wedding. Our ceremony will be about 45 minutes from processional to recessional. Then we’ll go straight into our reception, as we’re doing the vast majority of our pics (including first look) beforehand. We’re hoping we’ll be done by 6.
Post # 13
6 p.m., because I wanted my bridesmaids and the mothers to be in long gowns and the groom and groomsmen to be in formal evening attire.
Post # 14
We did 7:00 because the ceremony is short and we are trying to discourage couple’s bringing children to the reception – this means we will have to do a 1st look though, in order to get pictures accomplished. I love the idea of finishing up the staged pictures before the ceremony starts, though.
Post # 15
I picked 2pm. We can’t afford a meal – we are doing passed hot apps (10 different kinds so there is a variety and something to please everybody). We figure its after lunch but before dinner.
We are not doing a first look. I want him to see me for the first time when I walk down the grand stair case 🙂
Post # 16
We chose 3pm for the ceremony with the reception immediately following…it’s on a Sunday, so we wanted it to end early. We are also only doing apps and desserts so we wanted it at a non-meal time. We had a really hard time deciding on a time because we love evening weddings with candles and sparklers, but it just wouldn’t have worked with our budget. We can’t start setting up the venue until 9am so we were worried if we did it any earlier than 3, we just wouldn’t have enough time to set everything up.