(Closed) How late is too late?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: is 7:30 pm too late for a ceremony start time?
    NO, 7:30 is perfect for an evening wedding! : (15 votes)
    36 %
    YES, 7:30 is too late people will be starving! : (26 votes)
    62 %
    other (will explain below) : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    4770 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Won’t your reception be really rushed if you only begin at 7:30?

    Post # 5
    4770 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999


    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
    5797 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
    3254 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
    2271 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    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
    861 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    If there are any older people going, I think 7:30 would be a bit too late.  

    Post # 10
    459 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    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
    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Wat if you had butler-passed apps and refreshments pre-ceremony?

    Post # 12
    759 posts
    Busy bee

    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
    523 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    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
    7587 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    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.

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