Post # 1
I have a question for any bees who are planning or have had their ceremony start at a later time in the day (6:30PM or later). How long was your entire wedding from start to finish and when did it end, or when are you planning to have it end?
Also, in your opinion, if you wanted the reception to end anywhere from 10PM-11PM at the latest, what is the latest you would hold your ceremony before the entire wedding would be considered too short from start to finish?
Post # 2
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
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 # 4
Everything would be at the same location from start to finish, with the ceremony probably only being around 30 minutes long. We’d like to do 45 minutes to an hour for cocktails afterwards while we take our pictures around the grounds of the venue.
We decided to have the wedding this July 7th, which is a Monday, so not only will we have to work around work schedules of our guests but also try our best to work around the excessive summer heat in very southern Texas. My future mother in law said that the earliest we would be able to reasonably start it would be 6:30PM and even that was pushing it.
However, we don’t want the night to run too late because people will have to return to work the next day. I’m also afraid that combining a late start with an earlier finish will make everything seem rushed and that we won’t have time to really enjoy our own wedding. Online I read 30 min ceremony, 1hr cocktails, 2 hrs for dinner, and 3hrs for dancing was the “recommended” average. Haven’t been to a wedding myself since I was in middle school so I don’t remember how true that is or not.
Post # 5
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
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
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
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…