(Closed) How long for ceremoy?

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: how long for ceremony?
    5 mins or less : (0 votes)
    5-10 mins : (1 votes)
    3 %
    10-15 mins : (3 votes)
    8 %
    15-20 mins : (11 votes)
    31 %
    20-25 mins : (3 votes)
    8 %
    25-30 mins : (9 votes)
    25 %
    30-45 mins : (5 votes)
    14 %
    45- 1hour : (3 votes)
    8 %
    longer than 1 hour : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    279 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We’re also planning around 15-20 minutes. I actually wanted longer… around 30 minutes, but my FI (previously married, last time in a courthouse) thought anything longer than 5-10 minutes was completely unnecessary! 

    Post # 4
    87 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’m having a full catholic filipino wedding. its a full catholic mass with 20mins of traditions- veil, cord, coin and rings. it’s a lot but in my mind that’s more time in Amy dress

    Post # 5
    7999 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

    We’re having quite a religious service, which will take about an hour. I really would say that an hour is the maximum though. Even fully grown adults start to get a bit tired and bored at around the 50 minute mark.

    It honestly depends on what sort of service you want, what you want to include, and what is appropriate.

    Post # 6
    30 posts
    • Wedding: October 2009

    Depends on what kind of ceremony you have. I’ve seen some that were 15 or 20 minutes which were basically the couple going to the courthouse, exchanging rings and vows, and kissing. My friends’ ceremony was about 30min and they did basically the same in a park and added a processional. Hubby’s and mine was about 35 or 45 minutes, we got married in the courtyard of our church, had a reading from the bible, exchanged rings and vows, did a unity sand ceremony, signed our license and then were pronounced as man and wife. The longest one I’ve been to was my older brother’s wedding wich took a little more than an hour because they had a full Catholic mass including communion.

    Post # 7
    1728 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1998

    Ours was speedy. The entire processional was maybe…3 or 4 minutes (ours was a small wedding – us and a ring bearer)? Then I’d say it was another 6 – 7 minutes for the ceremony, another minute after that for the recessional, so we were right around 10 minutes. I wouldn’t have changed it. Seriously – I think it can be uncomfortable enough standing around up there and repeating things and doing a series of different things.

    I’m going to drop a bomb: most of your guests do not care about your ceremony. Yes, they’re happy to see you get married. But most are going to tune it all out after so long (10 to 15 minutes, I’d wager).

    We signed the marriage license afterward. Our ceremony consisted of, well, the reading from the officiant, repeating our vows, exchanging rings, then kissing. I felt it was plenty long enough.

    Besides our ex-officiant (who was a jerk trying to strongarm us into a 30 minute ceremony), we only heard glowing praise for the length of the ceremony and what was in it. It’s quality that matters, after all. I’ve been to weddings where they rail on and on and on before getting to the main point. Why not just skip the nonsense?

    I think that 15 – 20 minutes is more than reasonable for a ceremony. I’d say it’s ideal.



    Post # 8
    1837 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

    Ours lasted ~15 minutes, but for all of the wedding-day timelines I’ve looked at, couples usually leave 30 minutes for the ceremony, just in case it starts late (they often do!) or runs longer than expected. Are you having a religious service? Catholic services are generally much longer.


    Post # 9
    1359 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Our secular service was 15-20 minutes.

    We had a long aisle, which meant a long-ish processional (we had everyone walk at their normal pace instead of one step at a time, so maybe 4-5 minutes for three bridesmaids and parents), but there were no readings or “extra” elements that would have tacked on more time. Our officiant gave a customized ceremony that included welcoming words, personalized remarks about me and DH and our families and relationship, declaration of intent (I Do’s), vows and exchange of rings.

    If you’re planning on having readings or any other additional “add on” elements, I would plan for a little more time.

    Post # 10
    92 posts
    Worker bee

    we are planning to have a religious service so i put 45min – 1hr

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