(Closed) How to decide on a starting time/timeline??

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
3281 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

This is pretty much the same timeline as mine, but we are doing pictures before hand and it’s a Saturday. If you’re not doing a lot of family pictures or multiple locations an hour should be enough. Buffets are usually 30min to hour depending on the number of people. We’re having around 300 and estimating 45 mins for our buffet. I don’t think that’s too late for a Sunday wedding. 

Post # 5
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Equine_Breeder:  I honestly don’t think that an hour is going to be enough time to get photos of you and your new husband, your bridal party and all of your family.  Wrangling that many people for photos tends to take a bit, plus you want to make sure that you have enough time to get some nice newlywed photos. 🙂 Maybe moving the ceremony up by 30 minutes would help with that.

I would also keep the hour for the buffet.  In my experience, they tend to run longer rather than shorter, and it’s easier to have extra time than it is to try and cram things in when dinner runs long. 


As for the time in general, I wouldn’t be bothered by the “lateness” of the event on a Sunday, but I could see how some guests might.  If you’re really concerned about it you could move everything up by 30 minutes and end at 10.


Hope that helps! 


Post # 7
254 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

We’re starting at one and ending at 6

Post # 8
2029 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Equine_Breeder:  I wouldnt stay til 1030 for the end of the reception because I work m-f and I like to be in bed by 10.  If you have quests similar to me they may not stay past 9.  I think your timeline is good but for me I would leave by 9.  If I had to travel far I probably wouldnt go unless you were a really close friend of mine. 

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