(Closed) Ceremony venue wants us out in 2 hours. Is this normal?

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
3045 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

I don’t see the issue here…your venue allows an hour to set up before ceremony. Your photographer and decorator need one hour to set up. If your ceremony is 45 min then that still leaves you with a little over an hour extra before everyone needs to be out. You could have the guests start arriving after set up is complete. What am I missing?

Post # 3
3187 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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shadows9x :  yeah I don’t get the problem either. Sounds like you have 3 hours. One hour for setup, then have the guests arrive, even with a 45 mins ceremony that leaves an entire hour to get everyone out…

Post # 4
5986 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

It doesn’t sound unusual at all. If you’re concerned about the set up time, can you offer to pay extra for some more time?

Post # 5
4820 posts
Honey bee

Most venues have multiple ceremonies a day or if it is a church they will usually have an evening service or activity.  This sounds like plenty of time.  Exactly what do you think you need more time for?  You have an entire hour left after to do a receiving line if you are having one and have your decorator and/or day of coordinator clean up.  Your guests can filter in the last 15 minutes of the decorator and camera folks setting up – you’re not putting on Broadway show, it’s not going to ruin the illusion of anything.  People know they are coming to a wedding and that some set up is needed.

Post # 6
7800 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Agreed with pps, thisbsounds totally fine. The only issue I see is that you want guests to arrive 15m early when the venue might not be totally set up. I would just hire an extra person if you’re worried, then they can set up in 45m, guest arrive 15m early, ceremony 45m and you still have 1h15m to clean up.

Post # 7
348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2025 - City, State

They’re actually giving you 2 hours 45 minutes.  Let’s say the ceremony starts at 2:00.  The timeline would look like this:

1:00 – Begin set-up

1:45 – Guests begin to arrive

2:00 Ceremony starts

2:45 Ceremony ends and guests begin to disperse

3:45 Two hours after guests arrive, everyone must be cleared out from the ceremony site


The only problem is that guests will be arriving 15 minutes before set-up is complete.  Ask to shift 15-30 of your extra minutes at the end to the beginning.  How long is needed for tear-down, does that leave enough?


Were they clear on when “after guests arrive” starts?  Guests will be arriving between 1:45 and 2:00 (in the example).  If the clock actually starts at 2:00, that gives you plenty of leeway, with shifting the extra time at the end to the beginning.


How much decor do you really need?  Could you simplify that if there isn’t enough time for what you were planning? 

Post # 8
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Most ceremony venues (especially the very popular ones  do multiple ceremonies a day) are like this. Time is money and they have it down to a science. I really don’t see a problem ….. why are you concerned? How long are you planning for your ceremony to be? How long will it take your vendors to set up? I bet if you put pen to paper you would see you have more time than you think.

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