(Closed) Late Start Ceremony Timing Help

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
164 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Mine is starting at 6, and will be over (or at least the open bar will be) at 11:30. I figure 5 hours of open bar is plenty, plus I think thats long enough for a wedding. 

I think it depends, is your ceremony and reception in the same location? If so, I think if you have your ceremony at 6:30, then cocktails/dinner/dancing/everything from 7-11 you would be fine.

Post # 3
11271 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

futuremrskmm:  is your ceremony going to be at the same place as your reception?  how long do you expect your ceremony to be?

also, will you be having a cocktail hour or just straight into dinner?

Post # 5
2223 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

My ceremony is starting at 6 and will be quick (like 15 minutes). Our reception is about a 5 minute walk from the ceremony location, so the cocktail hour will be starting at 6:30 and dinner service begins at 7:30ish. The reception ends at 11:30, so 5.5 hours from start to finish (and I’m starting on time, no matter what).

We would have liked to have started things earlier, but our ceremony venue has time restrictions (it’s an old meeting house that serves as a museum during the day). At first I was nervous that things would run too late, but now I’m happy with it. We even plan to have a little after party somewhere for all our friends.

Post # 6
8446 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

futuremrskmm:  My wedding day was pretty stress free because everything started on time, so making a reasonable timeline and sticking to it is key.  My ceremony started at 6:30 (outdoors so we wanted it to be near sunset) and lasted for about 15-20 mins.  This went directly into cocktail hour (ceremony and reception at the same venue) and our reception ended a little after midnight.  However, the time flew by, and we actually ended up having a bit of an unplanned afterparty, but had made the mistake of planning a thank you brunch at 9:30 am the next morning (don’t do this).

Post # 7
959 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

futuremrskmm:  Our wedding started at 7pm. The ceremony was about 20ish minutes, short and sweet. The reception was suppose to go to 11pm via the venue’s contract. I think we had people stay the entire time and then some because the venue didn’t kick anyone out. 7-11 was definitely enough time for everyone as we had a the majority leaving before that. I should include ours was on a Saturday in September. The ceremony and reception were at the same place.

Post # 8
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

futuremrskmm:  I am worried about timing, too. We are having an outdoor ceremony starting at 6. the ceremony will be about 30 mins, with the reception from 7-12. I really hope it’s enough time…

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