(Closed) Start Time for Sunday Evening Wedding

posted 4 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
9561 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

is the next day a holiday?
if not, I would expect a lot of people to leave early, especially ending at midnight.
people who have to work the next day, they are likely to leave 10pm, 11 at the latest.
I would count backwards from your end time to figure out the start time

Post # 3
7439 posts
Busy Beekeeper

We are having a Sunday wedding! Yay sunday weddings. We went back and forth but in the end the cost-saving aspect of it outweighed any inconvenience. Our ceremony will be at 5:30pm; the sun won’t be setting til about 8:30 that time of year where we’re getting married. (If you want to know for sure when the sun will set, just google sunset in your city on that specific date.) Our reception will go from 7-11. I know some people will leave early because of work on Monday, but we have plenty coming from out of town who are taking Monday off so I’m not too worried. Also I am not a night owl anyway so an earlier night def wont be the end of the world for me. 

Post # 5
1285 posts
Bumble bee

I had a Sunday wedding in July and it was great! Our ceremony was at 5 p.m. and we did pictures beforehand and also slipped out again during “golden hour” for a few more.  I think the cocktail hour was 5:30 – 6:30 and then dinner was served about 6:45.  Everyone enjoyed it!  I would say most people left around 11 or so but honestly that’s probably what would have happened on a Saturday too.  Plenty of people got drunk, danced, etc. and expressed that they even preferred a Sunday.  Who knew?!  

Post # 6
3324 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

You can look up the time of sunset. Google “mycity sunset may” and you should have a few diff calendars.

I probably wouldn’t want to start that late for a Sunday wedding, but I’m a fuddy duddy and hate staying out late on sundays haha.

Post # 7
433 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

My friend had her Sunday wedding at 5PM and it worked out perfect. It was small and there wasn’t any dancing. Dinner, drinks, cake and convo lasted til 10-1030.

Post # 8
3440 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

I think the time is fine. I’d probably leave between 8 and 9 but I’m also part fuddy duddy. 😄 My normal Sunday plan is relax majority of the day and turn in early. This is partly why we’re having an early Sunday wedding. Take pp suggestions to Google the sunset time so you can plan ahead for photos.

Post # 9
13942 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d start is as early as you can, knowing that people will drink less and probably leave earlier because the next day is a work day.  If it were me, we’d be out of the party by 8pm. 

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