(Closed) Friday ceremony

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Ours is starting at 6. Everything is at the same venue. Cocktail hour starts at 630, reception at 730. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

More important in my opinion is what time is most convinient for your guests to be able to get there?

Friday is already more difficult for guests, so I think you have to do whatever you can to minimize that discomfort.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Ours is at 4PM on a Friday.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Koko1977:  mine starts at 330. But it’s a holiday so most people have off. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Our Friday wedding starts at 5. I would have chosen 6, but our venue contract says we only have the space until midnight, so we are ending the reception around 10:30. I didn’t want to cut the reception time any shorter than I had to, so 5 it is.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Ours is at 4pm on a Friday – the same day as you actually:)

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Yay! another 10-4 bride! =)

Were doing an afternoon ceremony at 3, then reception starts at 6.

The people that are closest to you should be able to get off work to come no matter what time. There will always be someone who cant make it at the time you have on the invite, so just make it for the time thats convient for you!

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Date twins!!!! We are starting at 5:30! Ceremony about 1/2 hour, cocktail hour 6-7, reception 7-11. We are getting closer!!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I also have a Friday wedding, on 9/26 so not far from your date…I believe sunset is at exactly 7:00 on my date, so I would guess it’s totally dark 7:30ish then (not sure). Our invites will say 6pm, but we will actually be using 6-6:30 as a “buffer” time, to allow guests to arrive. We will start around 6:30 w/a 20 minute ceremony. Did you look up sunset times for your date?

ETA-my sunset is 6:46 :-/. We’re doing a first look to get daylight pics.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

@WhatMaeBee:  I know this isn’t your thread, but I would be very cautious about being dishonest about what time your ceremony starts.

First why cater to late people?  Maybe people would get it together if they started missing out on things.

If a wedding is listed for a 6 pm start, most polite guests will start arriving between 5:30 and 5:45.  If it really isn’t starting until 6:30, that leaves your guests waiting around for an hour.  That isn’t great.

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

We wanted 4 pm but we are going for 6pm instead. We’ll do a first look and take photos while our guests get through traffic. I don’t want people to feel rushed. Our ceremony will be super short and that will mean that guests can at least have a starter in front of them by 7/ 7:15. 

 

Also I think if you start too early the party winds down early. I know my friends; if it starts at 6pm we’ll party until 1 or 2 am – if we start ealier my guests simply won’t last and I have this burning urge to make it until at least 1am, even if it’s just me and my my new hubby and a handful of friends left.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Mine was 4:30 on a Friday… We didn’t want to start it too late bc we didn’t want guest being hungry… 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@andielovesj:  My venue suggested having a cushion time….it’s standard operating procedure there, and most of my friends have the same scenario at theirs too. I think it’s fair to allow for people to arrive from work or where they’re coming from, given it’s not a weekend date. My venue will be serving apple cider, cheeses, and veggies until we’re all ready to go for the ceremony, so people won’t be anxiously waiting and starving. It doesn’t have to be 6:30 sharp, but our bridal consultant said usually it’s 20 minutes or so after the invite says. 

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