(Closed) What time will your ceremony begin and why?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

Our ceremony started at 6:30pm.  We wanted a formal evening wedding and wanted to party into the night so the timing seemed right.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Our ceremony is at 6:00 and then we are having a 6 hour reception so we can all ring in the new year together before the party ends!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Mine will also be at 4:00.  I kind of worked backwards from when the reception will end, which is at 10:00.  Dinner at 6:30, start reception at 6:00, take pictures in between, finish ceremony around 4:20, 4:30 🙂

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My ceremony is starting at 2pm and my cocktail hour is beginning at 5pm. There is a 2 hour gap to allow for pictures. We scheduled a 1 hour horse drawn carriage ride and a boat ride over to a lighthouse for photographs. A 3pm or 4pm cocktail hour for me seemed wayy to early and I didn’t want to end the reception too early or pay for additional hours.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Our ceremony is going to be at 3:00 pm. I feel like it’s super late (normally ceremonies around here start at 11:00 am or noon…) but we have a lot of out of town guests coming and we didn’t want to make them sit around all day with nothing to do (we live in a very rural area and going back to the hotel would cause a lot of unnecessary driving because the ceremony and reception sites are fairly close together). We’re having cocktails and appetizers immediately after the ceremony to keep guests busy while we take photos until dinner later that night! 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Ours was at 2, and we did all our photography beforehand.  We wanted an afternoon style wedding because we didn’t have as much of a formal dinner, so we felt an afternoon late lunch would be better.  Our reception began at 3 and was over by 9.  We left at 8.  We had a 2 hour drive and had every intention of getting there sooner if you catch my drift. 😉

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Our ceremony was at 9am. I am NOT a morning person so I thought it would be torture…turns out it worked out perfectly for me because I didn’t have time for nerves beforehand!

We had to have our ceremony that early because the only times our ceremony site were available were 8:30am-9:45am or 6:45pm-8pm and our reception was in our backyard (didn’t want to piss the neighbors off by partying too late!).

It worked out well for us to have everything so early! After the reception I snuck off to go swimming with my immediately family and then we had our gift opening. A day after to recover and then we took off for our honeymoon.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

3:30 because it’s a Sunday wedding and that time allows us to still have a dinner reception without it going too late. Cocktails at 4, dinner at 5, dancing til around 8:30 then everyone says their goodbyes (or we move on to an afterparty if we’re not completely exhausted)

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Our ceremony is at 4:30pm to allow our guests time to travel the day of.  Our wedding is taking place 4-5 hours away from most of our guests.  Cocktail hour begins at 5:30, buffet dinner at 6:15, and dance the night away.  

Our reception location is at the best man’s parents resort so we have no end time.  Just a good time with lots of friends until we can’t stand it anymore!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

Ours is at 6pm.  I wanted an evening wedding and originally said 7.  But FI said it was too late.  Compromise.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Just like @MademoiselleL I worked backwards.  Ours is starting at 5.  We’re getting married in these gardens/park area and we have to be out by 10.  (We can come back the next day and clean up though so that’s good.)

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Ours is starting at 5 because we were allowed the venue for 6 hours and have to be out by 11 at the latest, so we picked 5 because we wanted an evening wedding and that gives us our full time at the venue.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Ours is at 4pm. I liked the idea of it being a little later but than we were forced to when our pastor double booked!!! Yikes!!! When we both asked him he was more excited about doing weddings (he is fairly new to our church but than again so am I) than what day it was. The other bride is having a small church wedding at 2pm with about 50 guests, cake and punch after in the church gym. Mine is in a church about 20 minutes away in a semi medium sized chapel with 200 guests and a huge dinner and dancing to follow at 6pm at a reception hall about 45 minutes away. I was fine with moving the time but I am not giving up my pastor. He is young like us and makes everyone so comfortable with his preaching. And we absolutly love him.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

My ceremony will begin at 1pm because we wanted to get the show on the road… reception starts a 3pm and should be over by 6pm. Yay! And we are outta there!!!!

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