(Closed) Citadel/Summerall Chapel Brides

posted 6 years ago in South Carolina
Post # 3
308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@kelseybsc:  I am not getting married at the citadel but I was also torn between start times. I initially though wow 4pm is so early! Our ceremony will be around the 30-45 minute mark as well.  

The biggest deciding factor for me going with the 4pm time was whether or not to have a first look.  We decided we wanted to keep things old school and have him not see me before the ceremony. We are going to need that 1 hour time frame (cocktail hour) to take pictures.

Our schedule:

4:00pm – ceremony start – by the time everyone sits down, music is played…all the bells and whistles it will end around 4:45pm. 

5:00-6:00pm – cocktail hour – this is time for all of us to take pictures. 

If you’re doing a first look and taking your pictures before the ceremony then you really don’t need that extra time, the 6:00 would work perfectly.  If you are not though, you’re going to want that nice hour while your guests are happy eating and drinking to take pictures 🙂 Otherwise if you went with the 6:00 – no one would be eating dinner till around 8 or so and thats pretty late. 

Hope this helped!



Post # 4
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We got married at the Chapel at 4pm. This was 100% the best choice for us because it allowed for us to still have time to take pictures with the light and enjoy an evening reception. We had a cocktail hour and then the reception started at 6pm/6:30pm I believe. I would be cautious of starting too late because as you mentioned there are noise ordinances in downtown Charleston.

Post # 5
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We are actually getting married at 3pm on June 15, 2013–hmmm, we were never given a 4pm option! We are having a Catholic ceremony- oh boy!- and I figure everything will be wrapped up by 4pm at the very latest. Our cocktail hour will not start until 5pm at the Hibernian Society, and I realize that there is a little gap in time, but honestly, this is my party and I want to be able to enjoy it! So leaving an hour to get pictures done makes me feel like we won’t miss too much of the cocktail hour.

If I were you, I would choose 4pm for sure. We have to be out of our venue by 11, so I want to make sure I have a legitimately long reception- Charleston receptions tend to be very short compared to the midwest receptions I am used to.

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