Post # 1
I am getting married on a Friday night. I am doing photos beforehand to avoid the gap between the ceremony and the reception.
The bar will open at 5pm and appetizers will be served for an hour and then the sit down will happen. I can start the bar open time later BUT I am paying for 8 hours so I lose that time.
I want to maximize the number of guests that can be there but I understand people work on Friday’s. I wanted to get married at 4:30pm, about a 20 minute ceremony and then people proceed to the cocktail hour but Fiance thinks 4:30 is still too early as people would have to leave work around 3-3:30 to scoot home, change and then get down to the ceremony site.
I don’t want to push the ceremony much later since I want a full evening and so I am conflicted and looking for thoughts and help!
Most guests are a 20 minute drive away from the venue from their homes…not sure where they all work.
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
We’re a Friday wedding, and are starting at 6pm (with photos before.) We’ll have 5 hours for ceremony/reception- I’d love to have more time, but I unfortunately agree with your FI- the later you have the ceremony, the better chance you have of all your guests attending. If someone can’t leave work earlier than 5, they should still be able to make it on time.
Can you adjust (reduce) the reception time? Keep in mind not all of your guests are going to be going all night. We’re doing the after party at the hotel where we have the guest block.
Post # 4
We are doing a 4:30 wedding with pictures before. Reception site will open at 5:00 with dinner served at 6:00p. Dinner runs 6-8 with the dance starting after.
I guess all people that RSVP’d to my wedding though have taken the day off or just said they were coming to the reception.
Post # 5
Also getting married on Friday at 6pm, but only because that’s what the venue requires. Although I do think it’s better for work/traffic issues etc. I really didn’t want to see my Fiance before the wedding but I think we’re going to have to do photos before the ceremony…
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada
We are also doing 6pm on a Friday as that was the set time for the room we choose at out venue but we are pretty happy with that as our guests that has to work have time to get there and it also means we don’t have to get up really early or stress during the day. Our ceremony will run for 30 min and then cocktail hour followed by dinner and then dancing until 1am. We are having around 50-60 guests so think that will be plenty of time for a good party and we will have a after party at the hotel as well for those who wants to continue.
Post # 7
I’m getting married on a Friday as well and purposely set the time to be at 6 so that everyone didn’t have to take the day off work BUT a vast majority of my guests are telling me they WILL just take the day off work and I’ve been flattered as well as a little bummed because I would have started earlier had I known everyone would just take the day lol
Do what you’d like my dear… I’ve come to the realization that NO wedding day is long enough for the Bride so I have to be happy with letting my guests go after about 5 hours (we’re getting married aboard a yacht so everyone needs to be there by 6 to leave by 6:30 and be out to sea until 10:30) and those that want to continue the party can do so with us in the lobby bar of our hotel!
…or other after party spot! I haven’t quite figured that out yet lol
Your Fiance is probably right… I REALLY didn’t want to be annoying to guests by booking the FRIDAY night but turns out a good majority of them were looking for an excuse to take the day off anyway! haha
but to be kind to those that can’t take the whole day, I’d keep it at 6.