Post # 1
I’m getting married on a Friday in June, but I’m having a difficult time deciding on a time? I would like to have the ceremony at 2:30pm and have the reception cocktail hour begin at 5:00pm. I have an elderly relative that tires early and it means a lot to me that she attends long enough to at least eat dinner at the reception. Is this time unreasonably early for the rest of the guests on a Friday? Also, my ceremony should last 35 minutes w/ a 25 minute drive to the reception. Do you think this will give us enough time to have pictures taken at the reception venue before guests arrive? Not sure how long everything takes and I don’t want to ruin the day with timing problems. Thanks
Post # 3
I am getting married at 4:15 on 4/15! It is a Friday and I know that some people will have to take off from work, but most have not had a problem with that. My cockatil hour will start at 5 (or right after the ceremony.) The only thing with having a ceremony at 2:30 and the reception at 5 is there is a lot of down time in between. Besides driving what will your guests do?
Post # 4
Fivepm is early for cocktail hour, especially for the people who are just coming to your reception, not jsut the ceremony. What time is dinner? If dinner’s at six, you’ll be fine they can always miss the cocktail hour.
Post # 5
Why the giant lag between the ceremony and the reception?
Post # 6
i’m having my ceremony at 1pm (also a friday 03/11/11) and dinner is at 5pm tho not all of our guests are invited to dinner the actual reception aka party will start at 7pm ceremony and reception are a 45 minute drive during since we have a destination wedding they can do as they please with there free time while some guests will go home and change into a different outfit for the reception
Post # 7
We are getting married on a friday and everyone will need to be seated by 7:30 for the cemerony than cocktail followed right after than the reception until 1 am. It will go back so fast. We are having it late in the evening so people are able to come after work.
Post # 8
How much time should be between the ceremony and the reception? I was recently in a wedding where the reception immediately followed the ceremony, which was so ideal for the guests. However, the couple, their family and bridal party missed the cocktail hour because they were outside with the photographer. Should I just suck it up and miss the cocktail hour to keep guests happy and entertained? Or is it acceptable to have an idle hour between the two…when ceremony and reception venue are not at the same place. Is there a good way to work this?
–Cocktail hour would be at 5 dinner at 6….Those times work for me and hopefully for the other guests that work….now i just have to figure out what time the ceremony should start. It is in a Catholic Church but will be without mass. I’m guessing 35 minutes long, does anyone know if that is right?
Post # 9
I had a Friday wedding with a 2:30 ceremony and a 5:30 cocktail hour. It was definitely enough time. I think we can and sat with our guests in the courtyard for about 45 minutes before cocktail hour even started.
Post # 10
I’m having a Friday wedding with a 4 pm ceremony and 4:30 cocktail hour. People will have to take a half day or skip work on Fri, but oh well. We checked with all the important people whether this is ok, and they all okayed it. Everyone else can choose to come or not come. I would cater to the guests most important to you…sounds like that would be the elderly relative.
I would move the ceremony and cocktail hour times closer together to keep guests entertained while you take photos… and maybe stretch the cocktail hour a little longer if you want to be there for part of it. I think that’s what we’ll be doing. What about taking pics before the ceremony?