(Closed) Tell me your ceremony time and why?

posted 10 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We’re having a small ceremony at 10am, with only close family and friends. That way we’ll have time to get ready before hand, but also plenty of time to take pictures and get everything ready for our late afternoon/early evening reception. 

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Ours was at 11:00am.  The chruch does weddings at either 11:00am or 2:00pm and the 2:00pm time slot was already taken.  It worked out great though.  I didn’t have to sit around waiting for it to finally be time to go.  I just got up, got ready, and headed to the church.  =) My in-laws had a luncheon at their house after the ceremony for all the guests and then our reception was at 6:00pm.  

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Ours was at 4 because it was on a Sunday and we had 6 hours in our venue (not including 4 to set up and tear down)  and we wanted people to actually stay the whole reception. Since alot of people either worked Monday morning or flew back home, we wanted to give them a chance to get home at a decent time. Oh, and we had to be out of the ceremony space by 6 because of an event later that night.

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

2:00 pm on a Saturday. We are having a Catholic Church wedding and this was the only time we could have it.

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We worked backwards from reception time to do up our timeline.

We wanted 8pm dinner, so 7-8 for cocktail hour.  We were doing first look and we knew the ceremony was about an hour, so 5:50-6:30 for the ceremony + travel time brought us to the 7 o’clock cocktails.

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We are doing things a little differently. We are having a lunch reception before the ceremony at 11AM on a Friday because we are self catering (I’ll be wearing a different dress); then having the wedding at 12:15. We are having a dessert reception right afterwards so people can be eating dessert while we take picture for 45 minutes. We will be out of there no later than 2:30 PM.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We’re not doing a first look, so we decided to do the ceremony at 3:30 and the reception starts at 6 with the cocktail hour.  I really wanted enough time to go around and do pictures, and 6 was the earliest our venue would allow us to start.  I think the day should be pretty well planned – dont’ have to get up super early, lots of time to get everyone ready and have some lunch, then do the ceremony and family pics, then drive around in the limo and get pics at some great locations, then reception and done at 11.  Which is late enough to not feel like the evening is ending early, but early enough for us to enjoy alone time afterwards.

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We are getting married at 6pm because that’s when the sun will be setting.  🙂

Post # 25
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We are doing a 5:30pm ceremony on a Saturday. We are getting married at a zoo, and it closes at around 530, so that is when the public will be leaving the zoo!  We will then have the ceremony until about 550 or 6, and cocktails are from 630-730 and dinner starts at 8.

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Pretty much what Future MrsB just said! We were thinking of having it later, but Fiance REALLY doesn’t not want to do a first look and it’s pretty much something he won’t compromise on. Unfortuantely that means our guests have to wait 2 hours while we take pics, but that’s when the cocktail hour will be, and I’ll probably plan a scavenger hunt and have some games like bocce ball, croquet, cornhole etc. for those who choose to stay the venue during pics. We’re getting married in a garden setting, and the garden actually does free tours for guests, so that’s a plus.

 

 

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

7:30 not having a dinner

Post # 28
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Hey we’re doing a Sunday wedding, where the ceremony and reception is all in the same venue. We are starting with our cocktail hour at 5h30 (so people have time to get there and have a nibble and a drink) followed by a 6h30 ceremony, and a 7h15pm reception. This style doesnt work for everyone as it means you will not be at the cocktail hour, but overall, I’ve been to countless weddings that follow this formula and it’s a very enjoyable guest experience!! Sounds like you should hold your ceremony at a time which best features the beauty of your outdoor venue! Good luck!

Post # 28
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Hey we’re doing a Sunday wedding, where the ceremony and reception is all in the same venue. We are starting with our cocktail hour at 5h30 (so people have time to get there and have a nibble and a drink) followed by a 6h30 ceremony, and a 7h15pm reception. This style doesnt work for everyone as it means you will not be at the cocktail hour, but overall, I’ve been to countless weddings that follow this formula and it’s a very enjoyable guest experience!! Sounds like you should hold your ceremony at a time which best features the beauty of your outdoor venue! Good luck!

Post # 29
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

5:00 PM so we can do a first look and also so people who want to come to the resort the day OF the wedding will have lots of time during the day to get there! Plus since we’re having everything at this resort that’s kind of in the middle of nowhere it was important for me to do Ceremony – Cocktail Hour – Reception back-to-back so that guests would not have a big gap of time between each with nothing to do but hang out in their room!

Post # 30
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Honey bee

Ceremony starts at 4, cocktail hour/photos immediately after, dinner at 6, all at the same location.  I hope this works!

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