Post # 1
hey ladies! i would love to have our ceremony/reception at the oviatt penthouse in downtown la but im concerned about traffic during the rental time which is from 6pm – 1am. our date will more than likely be the 1st saturday in june so the sun doesnt set until ~8pm. do you ladies think that 7:30pm is too late for a ceremony start time?
Post # 3
Won’t your reception be really rushed if you only begin at 7:30?
Post # 4
@Atalanta: im not sure ive only been to one other wedding in my life and i dont really know how the whole timing situation works :-/ i guess its a really good thing that we are having such a long engagement because im so clueless!
Post # 5
Well usually as far as I know you have the ceremony, that your guests have a small reception with snaks while you take pics then you have dinner and then party!
I just assumed you’d do pics before but if you were to do them after depending on the lenghs of your ceremoney than people may not eat until after 9 and I think they will be cranky.
Post # 6
I think it depends on your crowd. My wedding is starting at 7 but its a pretty young crowd so I’m not worried about people leaving. You’re also basically forced to take the majority of your pictures before the ceremony. How long is your ceremony going to run? Anything over 30 minutes is going to make starting that late difficult.
Post # 7
I would expect maybe heavy hor devours at a wedding beginning that late, so I would eat a little something beforehand. I think you should do whatever you want to do, especially if you want it at sunset! 🙂
Post # 8
Ours was at 7:3o on a summer evening. We were specific on the invitations that we were serving light refreshments immediately after the wedding , along with wedding cake of course. We did have a pig roast the next day.
Post # 9
If there are any older people going, I think 7:30 would be a bit too late.
Post # 10
I’ve been to weddings that went from 7:30-midnight, and it was plenty enough time. Guests were a little hungry, but it wasn’t too bad. I would rather attend a wedding that started earlier, though. I wouldn’t think that traffic is a reason to change the time (and this comes from someone who lives in one of the most traffic-filled metro areas in the country).
Post # 11
Wat if you had butler-passed apps and refreshments pre-ceremony?
Post # 12
As long as there is a time between the ceremony and the reception when folks can get light appetizers I think your time would work. I know by 8:00 I would be starving, but I would be okay if I got a little food in me to hold me another hour or so til dinner.
Post # 13
This seems late to me. A short ceremony lasts 15-20 minutes and some can last up to an hour. I would skip a cocktail hour if your ceremony starts this late. Are you planning on serving dinner? If so, I think it would be difficult for guests to wait until 8:30 or later for food.
Post # 14
I started ours at 6pm. Our guests didn’t start eating dinner until 8:15. If you started at 7pm did the normal ceremony and then cocktail hour your guests would be eating dinner after 9pm. That’s way too late. Dancing wouldn’t even start until 10 or 10:30. A lot of your older guests will leave by midnight. Seems like a crazy schedule.
Post # 15
thanks so much ladies!! i think we r going to just end up doing the wedding on a sunday and renting the facility the entire day so that the price will be cheaper (ching – ching!) and my guests wont b daydreaming about food while we r saying our vows haha!