Post # 1
The ceremony and the reception are at the same place within walking distance from each other.
When I asked the vendor when they usually have weddings she said its up to us but that time of the year will typically see 3:00-4:00.
So I was thinking have it set up and ready to be seated at 4:00(dont worry this wont be expressed on the invites, ceremony will state actual start time, just thinking of the time to have everything set up by), start the ceremony at 4:30, that way the cocktail hour can start at 5:00 and then reception start at 6:00 pm and end at 10pm.
Is this a good start time?
Post # 2
I’ve always heard, and this is nothing more than an old (probably romantic) wife’s tale, that you should get married when the hand on the clock is on the “up swing” (up being for good luck while going down is “bad luck”).
I’ve always thought it was sweet and am planning our wedding for 11:30.
That may not be your exact answer, but just my $.02
good luck no matter what time you choose!
Post # 3
I hope so, because that’s when ours is!
Your timeline is actually identical to ours, and I think it’s going to work out perfectly.
Post # 4
Our ceremony was 4:30 (actually got pushed back a few minutes due to a fire alarm at the venue, and my grandparents running late, so I think technically we got started at 4:45). We chose that time to accomodate for sunset, as we had planned an outdoor ceremony.
Our timeline was:
5:00-6:00 Cocktail hour / bridal party and immediate family photos
6:00-11:00 Dinner/Cake/Dancing reception (we extended by one hour, the standard package for our venue would’ve had the reception ending at 10pm, we just wanted more dancing time!)
Post # 5
Most people would be attending a wedding at that time anyway even if it was the reception or whenever so yes! No reason why not 🙂
Post # 6
I don’t see why not. Your timeline isn’t that far off of mine. We start our ceremony at 5:00p and cocktail hour is 5:30p-6:30p and reception 6:30-11:30p
Wedding ceremony is outside in July in NY so lighting should be awesome!
Is there something specific why you were concerned about that start time like are you worried about temperatures or lighting at that hour?
Post # 7
I hope so- mine is.. on a Friday! Lol
Post # 8
diybee : ours is outside in september an I looked at the typical sunset times and it said 6:30 ish, so I am hoping this is plenty of time with the sun for the ceremony and photos!
Post # 9
Yes, ours was around that time. 🙂
Post # 10
anewvogue : Almost exactly what we did and it worked perfectly. This gave us all morning to take wedding photos so no “gap time” for our guest.
Post # 11
anewvogue : Ahh that makes perfect sense. It’ll be great timing!
Post # 12
I think that will work perfect. Our ceremony and reception are at same location as well.
3:30-4:30pm Ceremony (a little wiggle room since nothing ever starts on time)
5pm Cocktail hour (Bar opens up)
We are starting at 3:30 instead of 4:30 just because our wedding is in October and we need some daylight time for pictures! 🙂
Post # 13
I don’t see why it would be a problem. It seems like a pretty typical start time to me.
Post # 14
It’s a little earlier than I’m used to but not by much where I would find it weird if I was invited.
Typically ceremony where I’m from is 5:30 or 6pm.
Post # 15
Seems like a good time to me! Might be worth asking your photographer as well. Ours said that the best times for photos is just after the sun has come up and just before it goes down and had some specific input based on where we’re having it. Like, which direction you’ll be facing and whether there are mountain ranges etc. Also to make sure that’s enough time to get in all of the group shots and things you want done in the time between the ceremony and the reception.