(Closed) Tell me your ceremony time and why?

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 62
254 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

6:30 pm because we are doing a beach wedding and want the sun to be setting behind us and not kill our guests! Then we planned everythign around this from pictures (photog arriving at 3pm) to dinner being served around 7:30pm.


3:00pm–getting ready shots

4:00pm — first look/bridal party/family shots

5:45pm–photog to reception site

6:10pm — photog at ceremony site

6:30pm — cermeony start time

7:30pm — reception start time

8:00pm (ish)– cake cutting

9:30/10 pm — ceremony ending.



Post # 63
274 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Sunday before memorial day. We are having a 2 PM Ceremony, 3 PM Cocktail hour and dinner will be served at 4, we will be finished  by 8! Leaving enough time for people to travel home if they have any parties for memorial day on Monday.


Picnic in the park on Monday!

Post # 64
28 posts
  • Wedding: March 2013

We’re doing our ceremony at 6pm simply because we want a beautiful sunset ceremony! The sun won’t actually go down until a little after 7pm so it will be beautiful the entire time and we’ll get to have some gorgeous pictures!! 🙂

Post # 65
1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We’re having the ceremony at 1pm, followed with some light food like sandwhiches and lemonade, and then our reception (which is at a different location) will be around 6ish.  I wanted a gap for photo’s (no first look for us!) and to rest.  I went to a few weddings last year that had a gap and it was nice to go home and relax for a bit.  Also, I’d feel bad about making guests wait while we do photos, and they have to travel a fair distance between the two locations any how.  Also, my ceremony is an outdoor garden one, and the reception is indoors, so this way, people can change their attire if they wish. And now that I’m thinking about it, there’s goings to be a fair number of todlers/babies so it’ll be nice for parents to take them home for a midday nap or something. 

Post # 66
9 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

We are starting at 5 pm on a Sunday.  Our ceremony and dinner for thirty  is at the same venue. 

Post # 67
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am going to assume that the majority of people who have posted here are American? I always wonder why you guys have weddings so late in the day? I don’t know anyone in the UK that has had an evening wedding. They cost so much money that its nice to have the whole day. Ours starts at 2 in the afternoon so we make a full day of it!! Also, I assume a ‘first look’ is where you take photos before the ceremony? If you had early weddings you don’t need to do this as it’s still late after the ceremony. Obviously its each to their own, just wondered why America has evening wedddings.x

Post # 68
1040 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@Mrs. Fireworks:  same here. 2pm wedding on a Saturday…because we’re Catholic and our priest wants plenty of time left to prep for 5pm mass. Reception doesn’t start till 6 because I really wanted an evening wedding. We call it the “catholic gap”. 😛

Post # 69
2901 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Midland, TX

Ours was at 2pm on a Saturday. I chose that time because It is after lunch and before dinner. (I did not want to pay for a meal). But we did serve hors d’oeuvres, cookies, cake, and punch.

I also wanted time to recover if something went wrong….and it did! My hairdresser did not show!! I ran to a salon at the mall and they got me in right away! I loved my hair though! Yes, I tried to call that hairdresser after the wedding to give her a piece of my mind but of course she never answerd her phone…humph!

Post # 70
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Our ceremony is at 3pm on a Thursday (destination wedding). Not too early and not too late. We don’t have to deal with unflattering sunlight in our pics. Sometimes I wish we chose 4pm instead to get rid of the cocktail hour but oh well. 

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