Post # 1
Ok we are having a small Friday evening ceremony and a large reception afterwards. Is 6 to early to start the ceremony? Or would 6:15 be better in case people work? I feel like hour:15 seems a little odd.
Also, the reception is at the same location, how long after the ceremony time should the reception invites be for? I don’t want people walking in on the ceremony but I also don’t want those who were at the ceremony to have to wait around forever.
Any advice is welcome! Thanks 🙂
Post # 4
Are you serving dinner? 6 is kind of late to be starting the ceremony if you are, guests will most likely eat something before hand .
Are you having alot of readings during your ceremony? Personal vows? It really depends how long you expect it to take.
Our ceremony will be no longer than 30 minutes [including processionals], we want to get in & out then party!
Post # 5
To me, it depends on how late people work. If I work until 4:30/4:45 which I often did at my old job, 6 would be WAY too close. I’d want time to go home & shower & look nice after work. 6:15 would even be cutting it close depending on how far away the site was. I’d shoot for 6:30 if it’s not too early for you. If there are some people who aren’t able to be there on time, would you be hurt if they were only able to show up for the reception?
I’ve looked at some sites where the reception followed the ceremony on site & they have a 30 minute gap in between. But that’s all up to you I think. If you’re doing pictures afterwards & having a cocktail hour before the sit down, maybe an hour of cocktails would work.
Post # 6
Yeah, my original instinct is that I would actually start at maybe even 6:30. But I hear the reasoning about when to serve dinner as well. Tough call!
Post # 7
Thanks ladies. We are doing a first look so most of the pictures will be done ahead of time and the ceremony will be short and see. 15-20 minutes.
as far as the food, i agree, i would eat before if i were invited to a wedding that late also. We still haven’t made decisions on food, so we could go for a lighter option.
Post # 8
I think if you plan on serving a full dinner, I would start the ceremony earlier. My friend recently got married on a Friday, and she had her ceremony start at 5:00 pm. My office doesn’t close until 6:00 and her venue was quite far away (~ 1.5 – 2 hours in rush hour traffic), so essentially as a guest I would have had to take a half day in order to go home, get ready, and drive out there to make it on time to the ceremony. Since I was in the wedding party, I took the whole day off anyway! Depending on how close I was to the bride/groom, I would be kind of annoyed to have to use half a vacation day for an “in-town” wedding (since Houston is so huge, yes, that was what I would consider an “in-town” wedding). Just being honest. 🙂 If your venue is central or close to where most of the guests live, then it probably wouldn’t be as bad.
On the other hand, I wouldn’t plan on eating before a 6:00 pm wedding (since that’s when I would usually be getting off work anyway), so I feel like you could have the wedding start then and still serve a full meal. If you were going to serve lighter fare/hors d’ouvres only, I would push the ceremony back until 7:00 pm or later. If I went to a wedding starting at 7:00, I’d probably eat something beforehand… I think you should probably let people know whether a full meal or just hors d’ouvres will be served so they can plan ahead! 🙂
Post # 9
@staceykate: I will for sure have it posted on our website (where the guests will RSVP) what type of food will be served. Thanks for your input!