Post # 1
We are getting married on a Friday and I am wondering if I can start the wedding at 4? My parents are traditional and say you can’t start it before 5 or 6 because people have to work. My wedding is on June 29 and I really want to have enough time to enjoy the reception!
Post # 3
I am also having a Friday wedding, however, mine will not start until 6 or 6:30–haven’t decided yet. We have our venue until midnight, and we will have a short and sweet (20 min) ceremony. I feel like that is still a normal amount of time for a wedding (over 5 hours.) However, I really don’t think there are any hard and fast rules about this. A lot depends on your situation and that of your guests. Are most OOT? How late do you have your venue, etc. Do what works for you– plus I think most people would be happy to have an excuse to take half a day off from work!
Post # 4
Our wedding is on a Friday as well!! We are having our ceremony at 3 pm and reception 6-11pm. The only thing I would reccomend is send out save the dates well in advance so people that you love and care about can request that time off work.
Post # 5
In my mind, even if you have a 5 p.m. wedding people would have to leave work early so really how much of a difference is an hour? People will still take off either the whole day or a half day off work.
Post # 6
I agree with your mom. People need time to get off of work and maybe change. I know guests may be able to take time off so consider your crowd and determine if they are able/willing to do that to arrive at a 4:00 ceremony. Around here a 4:00 Friday wedding would mean very few people at the ceremony but everyone showing up at the reception.
Post # 7
I am having friday wedding but we are having the ceremony/reception at the same venue doors open at 6pm ceremony starts at 6:45pm (so they can enjoy a cocktail hour). I wanted to start it a tad earlier but I want the majority of people there for the ceremony so I had to take into consideration not only work and getting changed…but rush hour traffic to get to the venue.
Post # 8
I got married on a Friday and I would definitely recommend starting it as late as possible. We started at 5:30 and had tons of people *still* unable to make it (pictures of the wedding have lots of empty chairs) but then we had about double at the reception which started at 7pm.
Just my two cents!
Post # 9
I should also mention our ceremony and venue are also in the same location…
Post # 10
We are having a Friday wedding and our mass is starting at 4:30 (time was dictated by the church) and the reception starts at 6:30.
Post # 11
I think it depends how many of your guests are in town, or Out of Town. If most are Out of Town, then fine, start whenever you want. People will have to take work off friday anyhow.
But if most of them are in town, then I dont think you should start it before 6. That at least shows them you are being considerate by giving them the *option* of staying at work til 4:30 or 5 if they needed to. There will still be plenty of time to party after that.
Post # 12
I would think it depends if most of your guests are local or not – if most people are travelling then they will have to book time off work anyway, so the time is less of an issue. Whereas, on the other hand, if most guests live nearby, I’d go for a later time to make it easier for them. OR put it at 3/4pm so people will book the afternoon off.
Post # 13
I think it would be easier for your guests if you had the wedding start later. I’ve gone to a wedding on a Friday… the ceremony started at 6:00 and the reception at 6:30. I think it was perfect timing where people could make it even after work. It was in June- and it was still daylight for a few hours after the ceremony was over.
You might end up with a smaller turnout with an earlier time.
Post # 14
I wouldn’t start it until at least 6. Not all of your guests will be able to get out of work early. Some people’s jobs just aren’t that flexible.
Post # 15
I am having a Thursday wedding. Starting around 4:30-5pm. My photographer suggested the later time because of the sunlight. We’re getting married on a bluff overlooking the ocean so I didn’t want to have to wear shades to be able to see.(Migraine sufferer)
I definitely say push it back to 6-6:30. You never know how traffic will be. I recently went to a Sunday 1pm wedding and it started closer to 2pm because of the traffic. Gotta love SoCal.
Post # 16
We’re starting between 5 and 5:30. Most guests are from Out of Town and traffic around here is miserable between 3-7pm so it really makes no difference unless we started after 7. We are trying to have an outdoor ceremony in April so the earlier the better.