(Closed) Night weddings?

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
1844 posts
Buzzing bee

I think you could have a great time with a ‘candelight’ ceremony/reception. I have never been to one but it sounds beautiful. The only thing I would worry about would be young children or elders, it might be to late for them. If you were not planning to have many in those age groups I woudln’t worry about it. And the benifit of that time would be that you could easily get away with cocktaild and desserts and no one would think anything of it. You would not be expected to feed your guests a full meal during that time frame.

Post # 4
893 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@jadakiss724:  Wow, I’ve never heard of that.  So you have 1 hour for the ceremony and 3 hours for the reception?  That doesn’t seem to be enough time if you’re having other stuff like speeches, cake cutting, etc.; almost like “eat and go.”

Post # 5
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Could you have your ceremony at another location at say 6:30 or 7, then go there for cocktails, dinner & dancing?  Otherwise I think starting at 8 is too late.

Post # 6
1319 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I think 4 hours is plenty of time. Our wedding started at 1:30 and reception ended at 4:30. But I do feel like 8pm is a little late to start a wedding ceremony. Also, I would feel any party that started at 8 would be really formal. If those two things don’t bother you, go for it! Especially if you really want the venue.

Post # 7
46606 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have attended at evening wedding that started at 8 pm. Various groups went for dinner first on their own. The ceremony, as are most, lasted only 15 minutes or so.

The room was set up for a ceremony at one end and with a variety of low and high tables and a lounge area at the other end. We all moved into the other end of the room for cocktails. The venue staff set up a few more round tables when the took down the ceremony seating.

It was loads of fun and the ceremony was beautiful- all done in candlelight. They had a jazz quartet playing before the ceremony and during the reception. There was hors d’oevres and later a coffee bar and dessert were offered after the cake was cut.

The grandparents went home about 10:30 after the cake was cut, but the rest of the group stayed till closing time.

Post # 8
2063 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

This sounds beautiful! We’re starting our ceremony at 7:00pm, though, so I may be a bit biased 🙂

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