(Closed) Sunday Brides: What time are you starting and ending your wedding?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
776 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My wedding was on a Sunday, ceremony was at 2pm and cocktail hour started at 7, reception ended at midnight.  We had the Catholic “gap” in between ceremony and reception at ours.  No one seemed to mind the late ending. At least not that they told me! 

Post # 4
1810 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We are having our wedding ceremony and reception on a yacht, so the yacht will leave right at noon (wedding ceremony should end around 12:30 with reception immediately following) and return at 4pm. (We are not having dancing at our reception).

I am so looking forward to this because I want to be able to head back to our hotel with my new husband and not being completely exhausted. ๐Ÿ™‚  

Post # 5
464 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Our ceremony is going to start at 3, cocktail hour from 4-5 and dinner/reception starts at 5 and goes til 12, if people want to stay that late. I figure most of my family and people who live Out of Town will leave earlier obviously, but most of my friends work jobs where taking Monday off isn’t a problem, so I think they will probably stay until the end.

Post # 6
1030 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We are doing almost the same as summerbride;

3pm reception

4pm cocktail hour

5pm (or 5:30?) dinner

Reception ends at 9. Early enough for people to get home.

Post # 7
5276 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Ours ended at 10 too.

Ceremony at 5:30, cocktail hour from 6:00-7:00, dinner from 7-8 and dancing from 8-10. I think it worked out just right ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
11051 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011


It’s so nice to see another Sunday bride ๐Ÿ˜‰

No it’s not late.

We’re getting married at 1.30pm, drinks and nibbles at around 3pm, wedding lunch at 4.15pm. More drinks at 6.30pm and evening reception to start at around 7.30pm to go until 11.30.

Post # 9
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I think your timeline sounds good. People left our wedding around ten, and it was about 45 minutes away from home and there was no dancing.

Our timeline:

3:00 First look

3:10 pictures

4:00 Ketubah Ceremony

4:30 Ceremony

5:00 Cocktail Hour

6:30 Reception

Post # 10
659 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We’re starting our ceremony at 11:30am, cocktail hour at 12 and reception at 1PM.  I’ve been invited to Sunday evening weddings that I couldn’t go to because I wasn’t close by or because I knew I’d have to get to work at 6AM the next day, so I didn’t want that to happen for my guests. 

Plus, I feel like after it’s all done, we can de-wedding, and spend time with friends/family in the hotel bar if they’re staying that evening.

Post # 11
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We’re having ours on a non-holiday Sunday. We’re starting the ceremony at 4 and the reception will be 6-11. I’ve decided that everyone will be having so much fun that they won’t want to leave! Or else! Wink

Post # 12
690 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Official ceremony start at 4:00 pm (will actually start more like 4:15). Cocktail hour at 5:00, Reception begins at 6 and ends at 10. After party in the hotel bar with Rock Band III!

Post # 13
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Sumemrbride12, we’re date twins! ๐Ÿ™‚

Our reception is 4 hours instead of 5 (affordable wedding package, check!) so this is our timeline:

3:30 ceremony
4-5 Cocktail hour
5-8 Dinner and dancing

I have a lot of family from out of town and a lot of coworkers coming who can’t take off Monday and live quite a distance away (hour or more), so this made the most sense.  Glad to hear others are starting early!

Post # 14
484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

were on a holiday weekend but were 8p to 130a… 10 is not too late i dont think

Post # 15
2410 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

 Our ceremony starts at 4pm, cocktail hour begins at 6pm, reception starts at 7pm and ends at midnight.

Post # 16
4 posts
  • Wedding: March 2011

We’re thinking ceremony from 12:30-1:00, and with the room turnaround, the reception would start around 1:45 and last until 5.  We’re doing a heavy hor d’oeuvres/afternoon tea kind of reception.

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