(Closed) Outdoor Ceremony Time?

posted 7 years ago in June 2011
  • poll: What time is best for the ceremony to begin?
    5:00 : (1 votes)
    13 %
    6:00 : (7 votes)
    88 %
    7:00 : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We’re having a similar problem.

    I don’t think 6:30 or 7:00 is too late to start your ceremony if you are getting married on a weekend.

    How long is your ceremony?  If people are only outside for 20 or so minutes, you provide cool drinks, and there is a place they can get into AC right after your ceremony, you should be fine.  We’re thinking of starting ours at 4 or 5 actually.

    I don’t know where you are located, but another thing to remembe for outdoor ceremonies is summer thunderstorms.  They usually start brewing in the evening.

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’d like to see more responses on this thread!  I too am having a June outdoor wedding and haven’t decided on a start time yet.  I’m not sure if I should do a morning brunch type thing or evening for more formality.  Of course a dance party will only be likely if it’s in the evening, right?  Thoughts, bees?

    Post # 5
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    My ceremony is starting at 6pm, but that time was determined by the venue, not me.  We’re not going to have a cocktail hour because I wanted the reception to start at 7 and I felt like having one would cut into the reception time too much.  Also consider when the sun sets and whether there will be shade or sun in the ceremony area.  I know it’s kind of late to suggest this, my Mom went to the venue on June 12th at 6pm this year and took pictures of the location.  I was worried that it would be too sunny, but the venue is in shade at that time!  Sweet.

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I think it depends on where you are getting married, as well. I live in South Carolina, and if I were getting married here in June, I would set the time later into the evening. However, we are getting married in Minnesota, where the summer weather is more temperate, so we are having our ceremony around 5:00. 

    Post # 7
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Im having my wedding on the beach so we wanted to do it at around 6pm so its started to cool off and the sun isnt beaming. Six seemed perfect for us since everyone will be drinking cocktails and eating appetizers by 6:30ish – which doesnt seem too late.

    Post # 8
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    My ceremony will be starting at 6. I feel like 20-40 mins outside at 6 pm is not so bad as it won’t be as hot later in the day. I am thinking about having cute paper parasols and water bottles for the guests in case it is really hot out.

    Post # 9
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Our ceremony time is 2pm. Virginia should not be too hot in June and since our wedding is including yard games we wanted enough light for people to play. Does anyone think 2 oclock is too early? Or too bright out?

    Post # 10
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I’m getting married at the end of May (29th) and we were going to have our ceremony at 4:30 or so.  We only have the venue until 10 so I couldn’t push it back too late.  We are doing both ceremony and reception outside.  I think it should be nice in California.  HOPEFULLy anyway!  Good luck! 

    Post # 11
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    Depending on where you live, but in the south 6 is still brutal heat in June, so since 8 is too late to start, my vote is 7 (I accidently voted 5) 🙂

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I voted for 6pm. I’m getting married at the end of May (29th) so it may as well be June haha, and we decided on a ceremony time of 5:30pm, which would make cocktail hour 6-7 and reception 7-11. I think it was a good compromise for all.

    Post # 13
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We are trying to figure this out too. Not only am I worried about the heat of the day but my olks are dairy farmers and they have to milk every evening! I am waiting to hear from them about what time they think would be best before I decide. So everybody might just have to be hot. ugh, bring on the lemonade! lol

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Ours is at 4:30 in a shady area, i think it should cool down by then

    Post # 15
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We’re getting married in Austin, TX and ours begins at 7. Our venue suggested 7:30 because that’s an hour before sunset, but that just seemed too nuts, so we bumped it up a little to 7. We also have to wait for our garden to be shaded enough so the sun isn’t setting in guests eyes (ceremony site faces west).

    We also have a Friday date, so I’m hoping that gives local people enough time to get off of work, get dressed and still make it.

    Post # 16
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    Busy bee

    We’re doing ceremony at 6:30, cocktail hour/pictures at 7 and dinner at 8.

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