Post # 1
Even though it’s too late to change this, I want opinions. We’re getting married in early June on a Friday evening, and planned our ceremony at 7pm. This was for several reasons: it’s a Friday so we figured it would give people time to get off of work, etc. We also felt it would a nicer time of day because it would be cooler/sun setting. Is this too late in the evening? Our venue said we could do 6-11 or 7-midnight, and I wanted the 7-midnight hours. I’m hoping this isn’t oddly late for a ceremony…
Post # 3
@MrsDrRose612: perfect time. It’s still light out and people have plenty of time to get out of work. The Friday weddings I went to this past summer started at 6:30.
Post # 4
Good question – we are having a Friday wedding and getting into the start time discussions now. I don’t think it’s too late – are you having a dinner too? If so and people know that I think as long as they know to eat in the evening then shouldn’t be an issue!
Post # 5
My wedding is Oct 12 and My Ceremony Starts at 6:30, 7- 8 Cocktail hour and 8 -12 reception. Dinner will be served at 8:30. Now i understand this will be late for some people and honestly i can’t help that! Your time sounds PERFECT
Post # 6
A lot of the venues I was looking at wouldn’t start the ceremony until 6 at the earliest on a Friday because they booked the venues for other things during the day. I think that for a Friday starting later is fairly common, so 7 should be fine!
Post # 7
Our wedding is on friday and the start time is 6pm. Sort of bummed because it won’t be dark outside, but it allows the max time of the reception. I guess 7pm is ok if you don’t plan to have a long ceremony. For a typical 20 minute ceremony, you should be fine. We’re doing our pictures BEFORE the ceremony. If you are waiting until after the ceremony to do pictures, you will have a short reception.
Post # 8
Thanks for the feedback!! We’re planning on doing lots of pics beforehand to save time afterward, and yes, we’re planning on keeping it SHORT. We’ll have cocktails and hors d’ouevres from 7:30-8:30 and we’ll be serving dinner shortly thereafter. It does sound late to eat dinner, but I assume the only people who’d have a huge problem with that may be the elderly, and my grandparents are so old they won’t be staying for the reception anyway. I hope it’s not too late for our guests!