Post # 1
I’m trying to decide on the start time for our late June wedding (6/27/15). Is 6:30 too late to start our ceremony? Optimally I’d like to have it start around 6:30 because 1) here in WV, our summers are HOT and MUGGY so we’d like for it to start as late as possible so we all don’t roast, and 2) when it comes time to get our groove on at the reception, I know people won’t want to dance in broad daylight (our dance floor is outdoors), and it won’t get dark until 9/9:30. The ceremony will be short, less than 30 minutes, and then the guests will cross the street to have appetizers/salads/veggies while we do pictures, and our wedding party will arrive at the reception about an hour after the ceremony start time (~7:30 if it starts at 6:30), and immediately dive into a first dance, toasts/blessings, then food. Hopefully dancing would then commence around 8:30 once everyone is finished eating and we make our rounds to greet all our guests. Does this sound like a decent timeline? I really want our guests to enjoy themselves and be able to have fun with us!
Post # 2
June 26th is our Date. Ceremony starts at 8pm, Sunset.
Post # 3
I don’t think it’s too late, but I wouldn’t go any later than that. I hate being a guest at weddings where it’s 10pm/11pm and it looks like the night is going to go on and on and on. I still need to get home and I need my beauty sleep.
Post # 4
I think your timeline is perfectly fine. My ceremony doesnt start until 7:30pm. You dont want it too early because people may not want to stay too late because by that time its been an all day affair and they are pooped!
Post # 5
I don’t think it’s too late. I would just make sure you have some lights outside for the dancing area so people can see once the sun goes down!
Post # 6
Your timeline is almost exact to how mine went. Ceremony was at 6:30, pics/cocktail hour from 7-8:00. Dinner at 8:00 with toasts, important dances at 8:45. Cake cutting at 9:15. Reception was done by 11:00. It felt really short, but I knew our crowd and if we had started earlier, people would have just left earlier, they weren’t big dancers/partiers. It looks good to me!
Post # 7
Thanks for your input ladies! 🙂