(Closed) Ceremony Time?

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Hmmm, this is a tough one!  I don’t know what the correct etiquette response would be, but if it were me, I’d start at 4ish.  This gives your guests time to leave early if they want, but you’d still have a full night of partying.

That being said, if you like the late night cocktail party – GO FOR IT!  Normally I don’t like weddings starting late on Sundays, but since it’s MLK day, you have leeway to treat the Sunday as a Saturday!

Post # 4
439 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

If your main concern is going over the dinner hour, starting at 4 would go over the dinner hour if you’re planning to include dancing.

I’d start at 7, that way it’s more likely to be after dinner for most people, and you can add tp that by making it really clear on the invites it’s a cocktail reception.

No matter when you start, don’t worry about guests feeling pressured to stay up all night – those who feel the need to leave early will, no matter what time it is!

Post # 6
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree with the 7:00 start time. Maybe even 7:30 if you are having a simple ceremony.  I went to a wedding that did not have a full sit down dinner and it did not go over well – due to timing.

The Ceremony was at 5:00 and then they had to flip the room for the reception.  The reception started around 6:30 and although the food provided was excellent, I was starving because I had been running around all day helping the bride.  She also didn’t do a good job letting people know it wasn’t a full dinner. 

After the reception a bunch of us went out to eat around 10:00!!

All that said, I think if your invites specify cocktail reception at 8:00 with Heavy Hors Devours you will be fine! 


Post # 7
903 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We’re trying to avoid dinner time, too, so we’re thinking 6:00 or 6:30 for the wedding and then 7:30 or 8:00 for the reception (we’re just doing cake and dessert) that way people will have time to eat before-hand.

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