(Closed) How long is a typical wedding?

posted 10 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 4
1545 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I believe it like 5 hours for the whole wedding.

The ceremony may last around 30 minutes depending if you are doing anything special.

During the ceremony we are presenting the bible, doing a unity candle, & doing something to unity us as a family ( Me and my son with FI). We are Christian.

Post # 5
1126 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

It can be anything from a 5 minute JoP courthouse ceremony to a 2-hour Catholic mass.  Whatever you want.  Mine is lakeside and will probably go about 20-25 minutes, if that helps.

Post # 6
2828 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

depends on the formailty of the wedding.

I’ve been to some Catholic weddings where they have full mass and the ceremony itself was over 2hours long.

What sorts of readings or blessings do you think you will be including? Will there be a sermon or prayers during your ceremony?


A ‘short’ ceremony is anywhere from 10-35 minutes give or take. Many ceremonies are about 35 minutes to an hour, anything more than an hour I would consider a ‘long’ ceremony.


Post # 8
13094 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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@Asia_Leone: Stating that it is a “Christian” wedding doesn’t really allow us to tell you anything more than the PPs have already told you.  You can have 10 minute “Christian” ceremonies and you can have 60 minute “Christian” ceremony and anywhere is between (or longer if you really want).

The length of your ceremony entirely depends on exactly what you, your Fiance, and your officiant work out that you want to include.  Based on what you’ve told us, no one can give you anything more than generalities.

Post # 9
4496 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yeah, it depends what you’re doing. Mine was also a “Christian” wedding, and it was about 15 minutes: procession, prayers and stuff, 1 reading, homily, vows, prayers, recession. Done. It will be longer if you have more/longer readings, a longer homily, any other stuff like a singer, candle lighting, communion, etc etc etc. But typically, the ones I’ve been to have been about 20 minutes, and the longest I’ve been to was an hour (that one had communion).

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