(Closed) Friday Wedding Advice….Time of Ceremony, Getting Pictures Done etc…HELP!

posted 10 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
6377 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

We had a Friday wedding and it was fantastic! To be completely honest, I now prefer them over Saturday weddings for the simple fact that everyone still has their whole weekend to enjoy/recover after the wedding. Some guests had to leave work a little early but thankfully 98% of them were local so there really weren’t any issues. Some people will say that you run the risk of having guests miss the ceremony by having a Friday wedding but that wasn’t the case for us at all. We had one couple come in as we were lining up to get ready to walk but other than that, everyone was in their seats long before we were set to begin. 

Our ceremony started at 5:30 and only lasted about 15 minutes. Our cocktail hour ran from 5:45/6 to 7pm and our reception went until 11. We did a first look which solved all of our picture timing issues since we were able to get almost all of our shots out of the way beforehand. We only spent about 15 minutes after the ceremony taking additional pictures. If you’re able to get your Bridal Party and family shots (respected sides) done before the ceremony and leave just the combined Bridal Party, family and bride and groom shots for after the ceremony you could probably fit all of those into an hour as long as you’re organized. 

Post # 4
3949 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We are having a Friday wedding, and we just met with our day of coordinator at our venue yesterday.  As CaitMarae said, I prefer Friday weddings cause everyone has the rest of the weekend to hang out.  We are having a DW for my family, they are coming to FL.  We are starting the ceremony at 7 and the whole thing should be over by 11pm.  It doesn’t seem like a lot of time, but we are seriously looking at this more like a party for our families.  Since they ar flipping the room from ceremony reception, we have time for pictures during that time.  

Since we have all day friday, we will get the family shots with just us and our family before the wedding, and a few shots of the combined during the room flip.   The day of coordinator has been doing this for 19 years, and said this should all be fine.    

Post # 5
384 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We did a Friday evening wedding and it was wonderful. I highly recommend it! We started pictures at 3:30, then the ceremony was at 6:30pm.  We *did* see eachother before the ceremony, so after the ceremony we only snapped a few family photos. But, if you don’t want to see eachother, then just allow for more of a cocktail hour between the ceremony and reception where you can get your photos done together.

I loved having the entire weekend after the wedding, and many of the other people involved were also really happy that wedding stuff didn’t take over their ENTIRE weekend. We were waiting a month to go on our honeymoon, so the Friday night wedding really allowed us to go on a mini-moon that weekend.

Post # 6
4 posts
  • Wedding: December 2012

We’re actually having a Sunday wedding. We wanted it to be more of a family & friends get-together/celebration rather than all of our friends partying 🙂 not too big of a wedding, 60-70 people, and I know 98% of them will be able to have that Monday after off work. The ceremony will be at 5, cocktail hour between 5:15/5:30-6:30, reception from 6:30-9:30/10pm. Seems like it’s ending pretty early but my FH and I are not too big on having it last til midnight. We are also doing most of the pictures before the ceremony with a few taken after as we want to enjoy our cocktail hour with each other and not spend the entire time taking pictures. He’s also already seen me in my dress as its his day too and I didn’t want to wear a dress he didn’t like, we both love it 🙂

Post # 7
447 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We are having a friday wedding the FRIDAY Before Christmas. 

This is our schedule so far: 

  • 3pm take pictures w/ groom (first look etc. – bridal party etc.) Since it’s december and there’s not any light after 5. 
  • 4pm take pictures w/ families


  • 6pm ceremony (for those who work and will need to drive to location… our reception and ceremony will be one in the same)
  • 7pm reception starts

It’s not ideal. I wanted my Fiance to first see me walking down the aisle… but oh well. We’ll do the trendy first look thing. 


Post # 8
1433 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

ooo I’m glad to see more friday night brides!

I think you might save yourself some worry by having a first look… I know that’s my plan!

My ceremony/reception was going to start boarding at 6:00PM on a yacht but in order to enjoy the day longer, I’m thinking about moving the ceremony to about 5:00PM at a chapel nearby and have boarding at the yacht at 6:15 to depart and start the reception from 6:30 til 10:30… all with photos done at our host hotel at like 2/3PM hehe

I hope people will be able to get there in time?!

If our ceremony goes like 30 minutes or so from 5PM people have about 45 minutes to get to their cars, drive the 4 miles to the harbor, park in the structure and line up for boarding… think that’s enough?! I dont want people to get bored but I DO want people to be able to get there from work!

hmmm… anyway, you’ll have a beautiful day but I definitely would allow for MORE photo time throughout the day when your guests arent there yet. ;]

Post # 9
761 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m a Friday evening bride too! I read all the suggestions here to have a first look but when FH & I met with the photographer I just couldn’t do it – and she said that having seen so many weddings that look as he’s see’s you walking down the aisle is her preference to a first look – and she’s the one going to be pressed for time a bit!

We’ll do as many shots as possible before the ceremony – still debating the time so interested in the feedback in this thread, we had been thinking 6 to allow people time to get from work but I kinda like the sound of the 5.30 from Cait. Then we’ll do our together pics, and while the cocktail hour is on we’re going to slip away real quick to a nearby pond for some more alone shots – we’ll be back by the end of cocktail hour to mingle and get some groups of friends shots, then dinner at 7/7.15.


So glad to see this thread – I’ve been flip flopping about this and was beginning to think I just can’t make a decision!


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