(Closed) Saturday night Jewish weddings- timing question

posted 6 years ago in Jewish
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I guess I’m a little confused by your question….

Are you doing cocktail hour before your ceremony? If so, say something like “coctktails at 8 pm. Ceremony at 9 pm. Dinner and dancing to follow.”

If your ceremony is first, just say “ceremony at 8 pm. Cocktails, dinner and dancing to follow.

Does that make sense?

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

we had our ceremony first, at 7:30pm because that’s the earliest time our rabbi would do the ceremony since it was summer and that’s when he was comfortable doing it based on the sunset times. so we set the time based on the rabbi–then set what the invitations said and our timeline for the night based on that.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@amandasf:  we put 7PM on our invitation, knowing we’d probably start around 7:15.  We were married at the end of March so it was probably JUST at sundown, maybe slightly beforehand, but our cantor was cool with it.

We had cocktail hour around 7:30-7:45 and then the reception an hour later.  We had plenty of time for everything – our reception was set to go until 1AM but it broke up around 12:30 or so, it was just perfect.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@amandasf:  I thought that too.  But usually after the cake cutting is when people may start to leave.  All of our friends that were staying overnight stayed until the end and we had a group of 25 or so of us tearing it up – soo fun! 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@amandasf:  keep in mind though, that just because you put  “7:30” on the invitations, doesn’t mean guests will be there on the dot. If you’re planning on walking down the aisle at 7:40, you may end up with a few stragglers/latecomers coming in in the middle of your ceremony. I’d put 7 to be on the safe side and give people a chance to run late 15 min in case they get lost or whatever. I’d be nervous about only a 10 minute cushion between guest arrival time and walking down the aisle. 

Post # 11
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@amandasf:  Hi there, I’m a new “bee” here, and also getting married on a Saturday night. Just make sure to specify “Ceremony to begin at 7:30” if that is what you’ve chosen to do. Then you have some people arriving as early at 7:00 anyway, instead of people running in as you walk down the aisle (which I’ve seen before!) or worse, missing part of the ceremony because they thought it was a little more relaxed timing (which I’ve seen before!)

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Will a rabbi really not do any earlier bc of shabbos? I really dont want to start my wedding that late and I’m not religious at ALL. I’m also marrying a Hindu so I’ll have to use someone super liberal anyway. What do you guys think??

AHHH I dont want to thread jack, I’ll start another one

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