Post # 1
So I’ve been having a really hard time finding a great officiant. I finally found one I like, and he’s booked the day of our wedding at the time we’d prefer: 5pm.
He says he can either do a ceremony at 3pm or 7pm.
I’m inching toward 3 because we have some out of towners and they want to go home afterward (2 hours away) and this will allow them to stay til 6 or 7 and get home before its too late. 7pm would be cool because I’d really like a later wedding… I actually wanted 5pm because it was somewhat inbetween (ha!) and was early enough but for us young kids, we can hang around and party later..
So what do you think? 3pm?7pm? Continue looking?
Is it WEIRD to have a wedding at 3? What time would you think the reception would end? (we have the venue all day, til midnight)
Post # 3
My ceremony is starting at 3:30p, but it will be about an hour long. Cocktail hour starts at 5p, dinner at 6p, dancing at 8p. So I think 3pm is a great option.
Post # 4
We’re having our ceremony at 1:00 and reception from 5:00 PM to midnight.
Post # 5
@sunshine wow that’s quite a gap. Our ceremony and reception are in the same venue so I can’t really have any layovertime, its vows then party! What will your guests be doing for three hours?
Post # 6
I would look around for another officiant, you might even be able to have a friend licenced. My dad is ours, it took me ten minutes and 10 dollars.
Post # 7
I would keep looking. I know how hard it is to find a good officiant!! 🙁 But I really think the timeline is so important.
Post # 8
having a friend do it is not an option, not really a style we want to go for– but thanks for the idea!
Post # 9
It’s very common here to have a large gap between the ceremony and reception.
Ceremony will go until 1:30, the the receiving line will probably last until 2:00. Then we’ll stick around until 2:30/2:45 taking pictures with family.
After that we’re taking off to a park to take pictures with the wedding party. Those will take a couple hours.
Both our ceremony and reception are also in the same place. But a lot of the guests are staying in the hotel so they have lots to do during the gap.
Post # 10
What’s your timeline look for the evening? If you don’t have a preference, I would say go with 7pm! I think it could be made very romantic. 🙂 If you’re not pressed for time, I think I would go with the officiant you like!