Post # 1
will your wedding start? How many hours are you allowed at your venue? We have a total of 5hrs. We’re having both the ceremony and reception at the same place. If we start it at 4 then it’ll end at 9. If we start it at 5 then it’ll end at 10. Our wedding will be on a Sunday so I don’t know if I should start it at 4 so that way people would still be able to make it to work the next day. What do you guys think? How’d you decide on what time to start your ceremony?
Post # 3
I am having a destination wedding and we will be having the ceremony at 3:30p.m. so that we can take photographs after the ceremony before the sun sets. Our guest will be having cocktails between 4:45 and 6p.m..
We too are having the ceremony and the reception at the same location. If the majority of guests are in town then your timing sounds great. If they are travelling then they may want to stay out later.
We are having dinner at 6:00 p.m. this will give us enough time for final formal photo’s and for the groom and I to sit down and catch our breath before we go back to the guests. Because it is a DW – dinner and dancing will run much later and at the end of the night we have a local vendor who will provide grilled chicken skewers for guests with the munchies.
Post # 4
Ceremony starts at 5pm — will last about 20 minutes. We have 5 hours from the time the cocktail hour starts for our wedding, so it should end around 10:30 or so. We have a red-eye flight out of LAX at 12:55 am, so we’ll be going straight to the airport after.
Post # 5
We’re also having the ceremony and reception at the same place and have 5 hours total. We’re starting the ceremony at 5pm so the reception will end at 10pm. Depending on how far away the venue is for your guests, that’s usually early enough. To help with the timing, we’re doing pics onsite prior to the ceremony (we have access from 2:30-5pm for set up).
Post # 6
We are having our ceremony in a different location (20 minute drive) at 2pm and reception at 4pm for 6hours… reception will promtly end at 10pm because of the city code. We are doing pics before ceremony at 1pm. I’m actually going to see my groom before the ceremony. the photog will setup a nice romantic location and when we see each other for the first time- photog will capture our intimate moment!
Post # 7
We are having the ceremony at 4:30; reception starts at 5:00 (45 minutes of cocktails, then dinner, toasts, cake, and dancing) and ends at 9:30.
You should check on what they mean by "total of 5 hours." Because you will need to be there for some set-up, unless they are going to do everything for you, and your guests won’t leave as soon as the music stops, but will sort of filter out. Our venue will actually put out all our favors as they set up the tables; our florist is coming at 12:30; the cake will be delivered and set up at 2:30; the photographer is also arriving at 2:30, so we will be there about 1:30 to make sure everything is ready for photos before the ceremony. I expect guests to start arriving a little after 4:00, as some of my relatives have to drive a long way, and will make sure they get there early rather than be late. I have promised the venue staff that everybody should be out the door by 10:00. So in fact we will be *there* almost nine hours.
Post # 8
our wedding starts at 6, cocktails at 6:30, seating at 6:15, dinner at 7:30, party until 11:30. the ceremony setup can’t begin until 4:30 though, when the museum closes for the day. we kind of decided bc we knew that we needed an hour to set up, so it made sense to start at 6.
10 is a little late to still be partying on a sunday, so i would probably start at 4.
Post # 9
We have the site for 3 hours before the ceremony for set-up and picturess. So total, we the place for 8 hours.
Post # 10
we have our venue from 7:30am-4pm…our actual ceremony starts at 10am…the reception is at the same place…its a saturday in august so there’s another wedding immediately following ours at like 5 or so..
Post # 11
My Fi and I will be taking pictures before the ceremony so I thought 4 would be plenty of time.. but now I’m not so sure. Our venue is letting us drop some stuff off the day before. We just have to give them an idea of how we want the place set up and they’ll do it for us. The cake people will come to set up and leave. Same with the flower people. Our photographer’s going to be with us ALL day so that’s no problem. Outside of the 5hrs the venue will open up for the 2-3hrs before for set-up. My main concern is not having our wedding too late being that it’s on a Sunday. Our wedding is also in September so I don’t want the sun to start going down during the ceremony. Everybody that we’re inviting lives maybe 20mins. away from us and my parents plus the guest they are inviting live about an hr away so traveling HOPEFULLY won’t be a big deal. I’m a little worried about my Asian guest taking their sweet time though. (Don’t worry… I’m Asian too.LoL Hopefully I won’t be running late!)