- 13 years ago
- Wedding: May 2021
I will be asking my venue this same question, but I was hoping to get some opinions from the hive.
There is a Catholic mass at my location from 4:30-5:30 pm. My florist said she will be fully prepared to go in right after the mass & she needs about 20 minutes to decorate everything. (The good news is that she’s decorated this chapel before, so she knows exactly what she needs to do.)
I’ve heard that people start showing up at weddings 20 or 30 minutes in advance.
Therefore, should I state on my invitations that my ceremony starts at 6:15 or 6:30?
6:15 seems to be cutting it a little close. What if my florist gets into the chapel at 5:35, and decorates until 5:55 or so? Will people really be showing up by 5:45 or 5:55 for a 6:15 wedding?
One thing to note is that I’m getting married in a little resort, so my chapel is a three minute drive from the hotel where our guests will be staying, and a three minute drive back to where the reception will be. So perhaps people won’t show up as early if it is all so close?
(My tentative timeline for a 6:15 start: Music starts at 6:15. Family and bridesmaids walk down aisle. I walk down aisle at 6:30. Ceremony over by 7:00. I will start my pictures by 7:15, and my cocktail hour would be 7:15-8:15. Reception would start at 8:15.) The sun will be setting at 7:55 pm. I plan to take most of my pictures before hand, but any pictures after the ceremony would be inside. I would love to grab a few sunset pictures if possible.
6:30 seems to really allow for more time. My ceremony music would start at 6:30, and I would probably walk down the aisle at around 6:40 or 6:45 (because my mom, his mom, bridesmaids and flower girls would all go before me). But, that pushes my whole entire night later. My ceremony would probably last until about 7:15. I wouldn’t start my pictures until about 7:30. Sunset is at 7:55. My cocktail hour is only 5 minutes away, but by the time everyone files out and gets over there, it would be at least 7:30. So cocktail would be 7:30-8:30. And my reception wouldn’t start until 8:30!
I know this is a lot of information! I appreciate your thoughts on this! 🙂 Its only 15 minutes different… I don’t want to be too rushed, but starting later would also mean that I’d miss some good sunset pictures & the reception would start pretty late!