Post # 1
My husband and I married August 27, 2009. We were on base and did a quick ceremony with just us. We are having our “real wedding” on August 26, 2011. It is a Friday night. I’m excited to put all this stuff together!
We are contemplating different things to do with our reception. We will be having our ceremony with dinner being served immediately after and then dancing. We have the venue until 1am. We are trying to decide for certain what time our ceremony should start!
We thought about a 5pm ceremony but we are thinking maybe we need to do a later start time?
We will be doing a full course meal as well as a cake table. Any help would be appreciated! 🙂
Post # 3
I wouldn’t go any earlier than 5 since it would be a work day for most people. My sister had a 5pm Friday wedding and about 5 people missed the ceremony or came late due to traffic. I think a safer bet would be 6pm.
Post # 4
Do you think then a 6pm ceremony, then a 7pm dinner is too late?
Post # 5
Hi! I just had a Friday night wedding in July. I love Friday night weddings 🙂 Anyways, our ceremony started just after 6pm (mind you, it was only a 10 minute ceremony), we mingled and had a few drinks after the ceremony. Dinner started at 7:30 and we were doing our first dance by 9:30. We also had our venue until 1am (although we weren’t actually out of there until almost 2am). We found that the timing of everything was perfect for us. We actually did our pictures before the ceremony so that we didn’t have to have a huge wait time between the ceremony and dinner. Plus, our entire wedding was at the same site. That’s probably something that needs to be taken into consideration as well. Best of luck planning 🙂
Post # 6
I don’t think it’s late. I think most people expect to eat later at a wedding. For my sat wedding- I’m having the ceremony at 5 (should be 30 mins or so), cocktail hour at 6:30 and the dinner portion/our introductions at 7:30. I went to a wedding where we didn’t eat till about 9ish, but luckily the bride had a ton of food at the cocktail hour. HTH!
Post # 6
@armywifetoryan: We’re getting married on a Friday and our ceremony will start at 5:30. The majority of our guests are somewhat local (ranging from my family being about 15 minutes away and FI’s family being about 45 minutes away). I wouldn’t hold our ceremony any earlier just because having it at 5:30 will be the most convenient for our guests. They are still going to have to leave work a little early but it shouldn’t be too bad. I’ve been to Friday weddings that were at 3:30 and 4:00 and more than half the guests didn’t show up because it was so early.
Post # 7
I think 6 is a good start time. If you want to put 5:30pm on the invites and have the ceremony start at 6pm that’s another option. You can do a little pre-mingle time for that half hour. Personally I don’t expect to start eating until 7pm/8pm especially if I’ll be dancing it off till 1am.
Post # 8
6, I think, would be a good start time. I live smack dab in the middle of the Dallas Ft Worth Metroplex so here traffic is INSANE and you can’t really count on people being able to get out of work and to the venue any earlier. Rush Hour and be a B!tch. I would think people would even be okay with a later dinner so long as you made sure that there was PLENTY of food.
Post # 9
I had a Friday wedding with a 2:30 start time. We only had about three guests that declined specifically because they couldn’t get it off work, but we have a lot of friends/family that work non-standard work schedules.
6pm would be good as well. If a lot of people are coming from work, they’ll appreciate it, and hopefully plan around a later dinner. Like, take a late lunch or pack a snack to eat on the way.
Post # 10
We’re having a friday night wedding and our having a 4pm ceremony and then 5pm dinner, its early but we only have our venue until 11pm. We’re doing all pictures before the ceremony. =). I’ve got our whole schedule worked out just PM me if you’d like to see it.
Post # 11
We had a Friday night wedding. It began at 7, nobody was late..however, A LOT of people left early *granted alot were old*…They left at like ten, so we had to bump up our cake cutting and stuff. whatever! Pluses and negatives to each time I suppose.
Post # 12
@armywifetoryan:We are getting married on 8/26/11 at 7pm…location is a bit tricky with traffic on a Friday night so we decided a bit later would give us plenty of afternoon light for photos before the ceremony. My neice is also doing a Friday in April in downtown starting at 7pm for the same reason.
I think it depends on the locale and where people will be coming from to get to the venue. 🙂