(Closed) Timing of ceremony without eucharist?

posted 7 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Hmm, I think our ceremony lasted about 30 minutes.  The ceremony started at 4, we were walking back down the aisle at 4:30, and we were out of the church (all decorations moved to the reception and all church pictures taken) by 5.  I think if you started at 2:30, you should have plenty of time to finish up pictures and taking down decorations to be out by 4!

Post # 5
14 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

The ceremony will probably be about 30-45 minutes long.  But, but if you are taking pictures at the church, I’d tack on an extra hour.  Based on my brother’s wedding last year, even taking just a few pictures at church takes a while because you have to sign all of the wedding paperwork with the priest after the ceremony, find people (invariably someone wanders off to the bathroom, etc.), and wrangle them into position! 

I’d start at 2pm, if I were you, to give you enough time to get the ceremony done, take pictures, and take down the decorations.

Have fun!

Post # 6
133 posts
Blushing bee

@STBSchmidt:  A ceremony without Mass takes about 30 minutes.  It takes about 15 minutes for guests to usually “clear out” after the ceremony.  If you have to sign paperwork (not all states require your signature after the ceremony) then you do that while people clear out.  Most churches that I’ve seen have a 15 minute or so limit on post ceremony pictures inside of the sanctuary.  Often you can take pictures outside after that. 

Add all of that up and you need about 60 minutes from start to end.  90 minutes should give you a comfortable margin.

As far as starting on a half-hour, I don’t see anything wrong with that at all.  I’ve seen several weddings start on the half hour.

Post # 7
1553 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think the other Bees have given good advice on timing. But I find it interesting that you ask if it would be weird to start on the half hour.  Most wedding I have been to have started on the half hour.  When I was planning mine, my mother wouldn’t even hear of it not starting on the half hour.  She said it was bad luck to get married on the “downswing.”  Here’s a quote I found…

“Always start your wedding ceremony on the half hour so the minute hand is moving upward, this is said to bring a happy marriage. Marrying on the hour while the minute hand is headed downward and is not a good start for your marriage, meaning it may not last.”

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