(Closed) Venue Issues:Late Ceremony/Reception

posted 10 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
8351 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I think your timeline is a good one. It is the same as ours, except our time begins at noon. I am also sometimes thinking that we might be rushed, but then sometimes I think it will be plenty of time. I don’t think it is too late for the guests. A lot of weddings take place during your timeframe.

Post # 4
2714 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think that timeline is fine. I have been to weddings with similar timelines and everyone had a great time! As a guest, I know that when I see a ceremony starting at 7ish, I won’t be eating til 8 and usually eat right before.

Post # 5
1166 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

For a sophisticated/”city” wedding, this doesn’t seem too late to me, but it completely depends on your guests. Will you have many elderly guests and/or families with children who would have a hard time eating & staying up that late? Or will it be more of a young adult crowd, who are used to partying late?

Regardless, the dinner time is somewhat late. You might think about a 7:00 ceremony and a shortened cocktail hour so guests can be eating before 9?? Or, maybe consider serving heavy hors d’oeuvres instead of a full dinner, and let guests know so they eat something beforehand. That way the dancing/party time will be maximized, instead of losing a full hour to dinner.

Post # 6
5282 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I think your timeline is fine too.

The only thing that I would make sure of, is that there is a clause of something in your contract that gaurantees the earlier wedding will be out before 6. Because having 1 hour to get all the guests out, and tear down, may be over 1 hour, and that would be awful for them trying to tear down as your trying to set up.

Post # 8
1668 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

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@Radiant Bride:  I think that 9PM dinner time is a little late and I’m a late eater and a “city” person. Could you skip the cocktail hour and do dinner at 8ish, and maybe a late snack before the party wraps up?

Also, one idea that *may* work is contacting the bride from the early wedding.  Maybe there is some decor you can share and that way the set-up/take down for both of you could be better.  And of course you could share COST which is nice. Smile

Post # 9
942 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I’m getting married there at 3:00 PM, cocktails immediately following, then a reception. We should be finished no later than 9:30-10:00 pm. I have a lot of older people coming from out of town, and I’m not a night person! Also, I reserved the whole day from 10 am Saturday to 1 am Sunday so there’s no wedding but mine – and I don’t have to worry about anyone else for the day. I had a similar schedule at first like yours (6:00 pm to midnight) but when they told me I could have the venue all day, I jumped on it!

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