(Closed) How to choose a Ceremony start time? kind of silly

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

If this were my situation I would do this:

Ceremony: 1:30pm (you’d have 20 minutes to leave after the ceremony)

Cocktail Hour: 3:00pm

Main Meal: 4:00pm

My reception card for the invitation would include something like, “Join us for cocktails and appetizers at 3pm, a light dinner will be served at 4pm.”

As a guest I would probably eat a late breakfast/brunch at 11am.

 

However, if you need it to be earlier:

Ceremony: 12:30pm 

Cocktail Hour: 1:30pm

Main Meal: 2:30pm

My reception card for the invitation would include something like, “Join us for cocktails and appetizers at 1:30pm, an late lunch will be served at 2:30pm.”

As a guest I would probably eat a late breakfast/brunch at 10am.

Does this help?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Franklin Plaza

@lazy: We are doing our ceremony/reception at the same site and are the only wedding there all day, so we were were told that we could do whatever we wanted time-wise.  We wanted to do morning wedding/evening reception just like you.

 

After thinking about it we decided on 2PM as the earliest we could start, after taking into account how long it would take for all of us to get ready.  Have you thought about that yet?  Here is our schedule for the morning of.  It has A LOT of wiggle room, so you could definitely shorten some things.  Also the hair/make-up time for bridesmaids is based on having 5 of them.

Sorry for the super long response.  Based on what you said though, I’d probably aim for a 1:30 start time.  

Bride

6 – 7AM – Everyone showering 

7 – 7:30AM – Breakfast 

7:30 – 9:30AM – My hair and make-up 

9:30 – 10:30AM – Getting dress on/getting ready

10:30 – 11:30AM – First look with fiance/bride and groom pictures

11:30 – 12:30PM – Bridal party pics (I will eat during groom/groomsmen pics)

12:30 -1:30PM – Family pics

1:30 – 2PM – Extra time for pics/last minute touches 

2PM – Ceremony

 

Bridesmaids  

6 – 7AM – Everyone showering 

7 – 7:30AM – Breakfast 

7:30 – 10AM – Hair and make-up 

10 – 10:30AM – Helping bride finish getting ready

10:30 – 11:30AM – Finish getting selves ready

11:30 – 12:30PM – Bridal party pics 

12:30 -1:30PM – Lunch

1:30 – 2PM – Extra time for pics/last minute touches 

2PM – Ceremony

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper

I would start the ceremony as late as you can, because I’d want as much time to get ready beforehand.

Because of that, I’d pick a 1pm start time.  That way – you have a little wiggle room with start time – say, 1:15… ceremony is over by 2pm.  You have 30 minutes to linger as you have to vacate.

What do you have planned in terms of a reception (or is that in the works)?

 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

If I were you, I’d probably have the actual ceremony start at 1:00.

1:00-1:40 would be your ceremony, and then you’d have almost an hour to do family portraits, bridal party portraits, and bride and groom portraits before you have to be out of the church space.

I would begin providing the guests with their cocktail hour snacks around 2:00 or 2:15, depending on how far away your reception venue is (while you are still at the church doing photos) and then I’d serve a late lunch somewhere around 2:30 or 2:45.

 

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@subola:  This timeline is EVERYTHING! I am borrrowing this for my day-of schedule. Thanks!!! <3

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

There’s apparently a superstition that you should have the ceremony when the minute hand his moving up the clock, not down (i.e., between :30 and :59)? Anyone heard of this?

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Franklin Plaza

@tabbikay:  Glad I could help!  I’ve been working on it for a while now, so I think I’ve finally got it perfected, lol.  

@lazy:  No problem.  Yes we are doing ALL of our pictures before the wedding.  We don’t want to miss any of our cocktail hour (which is actually 90 minutes long).  We figured we’re paying for it, so we might as well enjoy it.  We will definitely sneak off for 20 mins. or so to get some post ceremony pics alone, but other than that we want to be able to enjoy/see everyone.  

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@lazy:  I worked out the details I knew for sure. I wanted dinner at 6. there’s travel time, and we have to be out of our wedding venue by 5. and then just played aroudn with times till I found somethng that i liked and went with it

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper

@lazy:  definitely listen to your photographer about lighting!  Is there someone that can touch up your makeup?  Regardless, your makeup should hold long enough to get great shots – especially since some of my favorite shots are not super duper close up shots.  All of our couples shots happened after our ceremony (after one of my eyelashes came loose because I was dabbing my teary eyes!) – it was a mess. 

How do you feel about a 1pm start time for the ceremony.  Does that give you enough wiggle room to not feel rushed?

I had my ceremony/reception at the same location and had to do a similar thing (be out of the chapel by ‘x’ time).  It actually helped guests move from the ceremony site to the reception site.  People will mingle outside but if you can have people direct them to the next location, you’ll be fine (have the officiant make an announcement with directions).

 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

Our ceremony is at 2:30pm.  The reception is from 4-9pm.  The ceremony will last about 30 minutes, and the reception venue is about 20 minutes away.  So, guests will have a little extra buffer and won’t have to rush out of the church after the ceremony.  But it’s early enough that we still get daytime photos, which was a big concern of mine.  I also really wanted to get married on the half hour because it’s supposed to be good luck to get married on the upswing of the clock.  It’s an old tradition.

 

 

 

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