In your opinion, what is the best time for a wedding?

posted 2 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
2347 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I think about 330 works well 

Post # 3
9544 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

As a guest I really don’t care when it starts. It’s all the same to me. 

As a bride, our 6:30 start time was great. It gave us plenty of time to get ready and get to the venue. Nothing felt rushed at all.

Post # 4
22 posts

I think it depends on what you want!! And how long your ceremony will be.. some religious ceremonies can last quite a while!

My fiancé and I are NOT morning people, so a morning wedding was out of question. My cousin recently had a wedding and it started at 6pm and went until 11:30. I didn’t think it was terrible but kiddos were getting hungry by 7pm… they had 250 guests and plated meals! 

Our wedding is from 2:30-5 but we did that on purpose since we aren’t serving a full meal. 

I think 3:30/4pm would be perfect for an evening wedding without concern for grump guests that are hungry! 

Post # 5
533 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I think it is impossible to say what one time is best for a wedding. It depends on the couple, the guests that will be invited (in town vs out of town, younger vs older), and also budget has to be considered. Non-Saturday weddings are a lot cheaper. 

My wedding is on a Sunday morning. That worked best for us because our venue was $1k cheaper on Sunday, everything will be over by 3 pm and we can spend the rest of our day traveling to our honeymoon location enjoying daylight hours as newlyweds. Also, our Out of Town guests can fly out late Sunday afternoon and be back in good time to go to work the next day.  Most of our guests are Out of Town. 

Post # 6
135 posts
Blushing bee

I think anytime between 3 and 5 is acceptable.  If there’s one thing I’ve learned from planning a wedding, it’s that people (especially older people) will complain no matter what you do 😜  Pick a time that works best for you!

Post # 7
4764 posts
Honey bee

Ours was 430 and I got only one complaint that it was too early. My friends wedding was 530 and it was a fine time. Later I’m going to one that’s 2pm. So really, it depends on the vibe you want and the lighting for photos (I like the light around 430/5 which is part of the reason for us. For example if I went to a brunch wedding I would expect it at 11/12. 

Post # 8
587 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

As a bride, I prefer it later in the day for several reasons, first because it makes the most sense logically, there is a lot of set up before the event, and having it later gives more time. Second, I feel like the evening gives it more of a ‘event’ type of feeling if that makes sense, and plus because you can really work the decor with special lighting etc as it gets dark. Plus, hello, sunset pictures!! My reception starts at 5pm, which IMO is even a bit early. I wanted to start it 6-7ish, but we don’t have our space for super long, so bumping it earlier gave us more time to actually BE there. 

Post # 10
3470 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

Probably in the minority but I prefer brunch or early afternoon weddings, as long as its Saturday or Sunday. They tend to be shorter events, more on the casual side and I still have the rest of my day in case I want to do something later. As a guest I’m there for the food, drinks, music, socializing and to see the happy couple. It does not take 6+ hours for that. 😋 Ours will be 11 am – 3 pm. We’re early risers, my hair will be done the day before and if we have any going out shenanigans with friends it’ll happen that Friday so we get plenty of rest Saturday night. 

Post # 11
4038 posts
Honey bee

Some venues have afternoon and evening timeslots on Saturdays, due to their popularity.

I prefer 5:00 PM or later, but then that’s the norm, in our family/social circle. Our ceremony was at 6:00 PM; my daughters’ were at 5:30 and 6:00 PM. We all had formal weddings, with none or a limited number of guests under 21.

P.S. And I’ll be able to file for social security, in a few years. LOL!

Post # 13
6278 posts
Bee Keeper

In the uk they tend to be around 12/1 for the ceremony, then afternoon for formal ‘wedding breakfast’ – usually a 3 course luncheon with speeches etc.  Then the night time party starts 6/7pm onwards with a lot of booze and dancing and a lighter type meal served around 8/9pm (buffet or food truck type of thing) and the party usually goes on til after midnight. 

Post # 14
3985 posts
Honey bee

headoverboots :  For Friday, I would prefer around 6-7pm. For Saturday, around 4-5pm. For Sunday, anywhere between 11am-2pm. 

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