(Closed) anyone with a 6pm ceremony?

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
3369 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@AllyBernard:  We eloped at 6pm, and it was perfect! We didn’t have a reception or anything so we didn’t have that to worry about, but the lighting in photos was the best that it could have gotten.

I know that lots of girls have done 6pm ceremonies, hopefully they’ll chime in! Just thought I’d give you the point that from a photography standpoint, 6pm is perfect!

Post # 4
2965 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@AllyBernard:  I had a 6pm ceremony time but I’m not much help with sticking to timelines but I wanted to help to give you a general idea but I must ask first are you planning on doing some portraits before the wedding starts? Will your hair and MUA be at your venue?

Post # 5
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Mine is actually 6:30! With a dinner after that. I only have my reception site for four hours, so I wanted those to count! 🙂


Post # 6
899 posts
Busy bee

My ceremony is at 5pm. We reserved our room to get ready at 1. We are all doing our own hair and make up. I will probably have to do my hair before hand because our photographer suggested that we be ready for pictures around 3 or 3:30.

I’m interested to see what others have done too.

Post # 8
669 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Ours is 6pm —

We’re doing first look, plus we’re Jewish so we have Ketubah and Bedeken before the ceremony.

Hair/makeup for all female members of the bridal party starts at 11

Photographers get there at 2:30

First look followed by bridal party and family photos at 3:30

Ketubah and Bedeken at 5:15

Ceremony at 6

Post # 9
850 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@AllyBernard:  Here’s our timeline, 6:30pm ceremony, guests were told to arrive at 6pm for welcome drinks and snacks:

10:00am: Hair Appt

12:15pm/12:30pm: Bride and women arrive back at house for lunch

12:30pm: Make-up artist arrives at Bride and Groom’s Home

1:30pm: Photographer arrives at Bride and Groom’s Home

1:30pm: Groom and men arrive back at house to get ready, in suits by 3:00pm

2:30pm: Florist arrives at Bride and Groom’s house to drop off and pin-on Family Flowers

3:00pm: Bride gets into her dress

3:30pm: Bride and Groom first look

3:45pm-5:45pm: Immediate Family Pictures around neighborhood

4:00pm: Bar arrives to set-up

4:30pm: DJ for Ceremony & Reception arrives to set-up

4:45pm: Caterer arrives to set-up

5:00pm: Photo booth arrives for set-up

5:15pm: Photographer arrives at venue for detailed shots

5:45pm-6pm: Guests arrive at venue

5:45pm-6:30pm Cocktail Hour & Appetizers

6:15pm: Bride and Groom and Immediate Family arrive for ceremony

6:25pm: Processional Music

6:30pm- 6:45pm: Ceremony

6:45pm: Mr. & Mrs.!!!

6:45 – 7:15pm Cocktail Hour continues

7:15pm: Guests will be invited to the 2nd Floor for Dinner

7:30pm-7:40 Speeches

7:45 – 9:00 Dinner and Dessert

9:00pm-11:00pm: Dancing & Photo booth!

9:30pm: Photographer Finishes

10:45pm: Last Call on Bar

11:00pm: Bar Closes

11:00pm: Party is over at Venue, walk to afterparty location

It worked really well, I especially liked that I didn’t feel rushed getting ready earlier in the day. My husband and I had about 30 minutes before we left for the venue to just sit and relax together. It was really wonderful. 

Post # 10
2965 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@AllyBernard:  I had my hair appt scheduled for 7am. It would have been better if it was scheduled for 6am. We were planning on taking Bridesmaid or Best Man and Groomsmen portraits separate like you, but we got behind schedule because of the makeup. I would schedule makeup starting at 11am or 11:30. You wouldn’t think it would take that long but better safe than sorry! I was upset the girls wanted to get their makeup done after me (they complained of having oily skin)! That’s what took so long and my appt was already scheduled at 1pm. We were supposed to have been at the venue no later than 4pm for portraits but we didn’t even finish makeup till 4pm! So we missed out on those photos. Oh and btw, I only had 3 girls so if you have more, yeah definitely start makeup around 11am. I would have MOB and Maid/Matron of Honor first, then you, then the rest of the BMs. NEVER schedule to be done last!

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