(Closed) Help with ceremony time

posted 13 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: What time should I start my ceremony?

    6:15 pm, bride will walk at 6:30

    6:30 pm, bride will walk at 6:45

    Another option- comment below

  • Post # 3
    95 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I would do 6:30, just to be on the safe side.

    Post # 4
    23 posts
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I’d trust your florist to get her work done on time (esp. since she has experience with this venue). Also, if I were an early guest, I wouldn’t mind watching the florist set up if I turned up too early or if she were running late. I also think it’s important to get those sunset photos if you really want them.

    Post # 5
    28 posts
    • Wedding: December 2008

    Usually you start the prelude  music 30 minutes before to ‘set the mood’ for those that arrive early.  I would definitely set aside 30 minutes in advance of your start time for early-arrivers.

    Also, 15 minutes is WAY too long between your bridesmaids walking and you walking.  

     I would go with 6:30, and here is how I envision this part of your timeline


    5:30 –  florist starts decorating

     (if you were being extra cautious, add at least 15 minutes of extra time here for cushion and start the ceremony at 6:45)  

    6 – florist is finished and prelude music starts

    6:25 (if everything and everyone is ready) people are asked to take their seats

    Groom and groomsmen take their places up front 

    6:30 –  processional music begins, mothers are seated, followed directly by bridesmaids and bride 


    Overall, be sure to have plenty of extra time –  your wedding day flies by and it will be so much better to have 15 minutes to kill than to be 15 minutes behind.  Even with everything very close together extra time is important – you never know what may come up to set you behind schedule.


    Good Luck! 

    Post # 6
    332 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I always think the earlier the better cause then you arent rushing taking pictures in between the church and reception.  I wont want to miss a lot of my reception so we put more time between the two.

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