(Closed) I have the venue all day, what time should I have my Ceremony at?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: What time should I have my Ceremony at? To make a nice transition to Cocktail Hour and the Reception
    Sometime during the 1:00 pm hour : (0 votes)
    Sometime during the 2:00 pm hour : (2 votes)
    13 %
    Sometime during the 3:00 pm hour : (1 votes)
    7 %
    Sometime during the 4:00 pm hour : (12 votes)
    80 %
  • Post # 3
    2055 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I think it depends on your guests! Are they big dancers / partiers / late-into-the-night-revelers? Or are they older or more-low key? What time is sunset where you are? How long is your ceremony?

    I’d probably do something like this:

    Ceremony: 4 – 5

    Cocktail Hour: 5 – 6

    Reception: 6 – 10



    Post # 4
    112 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @lovelyduckie:  I’m in a similar situation where we have the venue all weekend and are playing lawn games. We are starting our ceremony at 3:30. I took into account when the sun will be setting on our date. 

    Post # 5
    10453 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    How long is the ceremony? I would have cocktail hour starting at 5:30, dinner 6:30-8:30 and then dancing until however late your venue lets you stay. So put the ceremony at 4:30/5 depending on how long it will be. 

    Post # 6
    665 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @lovelyduckie:  Hey date buddy! here’s what we are doing:

    Ceremony starts at 3pm (early enough to allow for delays) but not too early that there will be a long wait, I figure the actual time will be at 3:30pm

    Cocktail hour about 4pm – 5pm everyone will start to get settled as they move to the reception area (in the same location) meet and greet eachother and we will have extra time for pics if we need it as dinner is at about 6pm

    dancing into the night, probably ending about 2am-3am (we are a large group of party people and live in a small town where we know everyone so there will be “extra guests” after party starting at 9pm)

    Post # 7
    1772 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Ask your photographer, there are some times of day approaching sunset when the lighting is beautiful.  If I had the option of having a ceremony whenever I wanted, I’d try to plan pictures around “golden hour” for any outside pictures or outdoor ceremony



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