Post # 1
I don’t know when to start the wedding.
We are having a big 250+(including lots of children) dry backyard wedding and reception We are having a buffet style dinner and a DJ.
I hired the DJ for 6 1/2 hours from 4-10pm (he would start music for ppl arriving at 3:30)
My decorator and photographer say that I should start at 5. (photog says best light then.)
I’m just not sure. I’m worried if we start at 4 then it will be to early for dinner but if we start at 5 it will be to late for the guests with kids.
Post # 3
we are doing five to 11. there will be lots of kids at our wedding too. but we are doing photos way before the ceremony… first look 2 pm group shots 2 30 family 400- if ceremony starts at 4 be done at 430 appetizers at 445 dinner at 5 dance and what nots til ten that is good. plus if you think people with kids will be leaving earlier do cake around 6 or 6 30. that way all your guest dont miss the important things
Post # 4
Tied with only 6 votes! I really need advise here bee’s. Please.
Post # 5
5-11 is not too late for guests with kids. Do you mean the 11 o’clock time? 10 is not that different. They can get a babysitter or leave earlier if they need to, also.
Magic hour lighting for your ceremony photographs is something you absolutely do want.
Then again, 4 PM means eating at 5 or 6, right? Not too early for dinner IMO. I won’t eat later than that ever, if it can be helped.
Post # 6
Not sure how much help I’ll be. We opted for an afternoon wedding with an evening after-party. And the blocks of time for the reception were not really negotiable, so it was 12:00 for the wedding and 2:00-6:00pm for the reception.
I guess if I had to pick I would say 4-10. If you don’t start the wedding til 5, people may be awfully hungry by time dinner starts (at least I would be).
Post # 7
Will most people have quite long drives/travel back home? I’d decide based on that.
Post # 8
saying that my reception is starting at 5, church ceremony will start at 4.
Post # 9
4pm is really early. I’d say 5pm and people with kids can always leave early.
Post # 10
@QBbride: my thoughts exactly