Post # 1
My fiance and I are getting married next May and we’re having trouble picking times to start both our ceremony and afternoon champagne tea reception. Right now we are thinking of a ceremony time of 12:30 or 1:00 and the afternoon reception from 3:00-5:30ish. We just want to make sure we will have enough time for the ceremony, pictures etc. We don’t want to be stressed on our special day and want to make sure we get all our pictures in. How long does it take for pictures to be taken? The ceremony should take 30 min or so. Is it weird to have a ceremony right at lunch time, let’s say 12 noon?
Initially I thought a late morning wedding, but my mom thought it would be rude to have people leave, go out for lunch, and then come to the reception.
Any thoughts and ideas would be appreciated!
Post # 3
We had about 1.5 hours of pictures, but did half before the ceremony and half after. Whenever possible, I think it’s nice to shorten (or remove) the gap between ceremony and reception. I also agree with you that it’s kinda weird to have the ceremony right at lunchtime and then not serve lunch or any refreshments until 3. Could you do most (or all) of your pictures before the ceremony? Then you could start the reception sooner. I think 2 pm would be a great time to hold the ceremony, and then you could start the reception at 3 or 3:30. Good luck!
Post # 4
I think that I’d expect lunch if I went to a wedding that started at noon or 12:30. I would probably be unhappy if I was expected to go out on my own to get lunch between the wedding and the reception.
I agree with Mrs. Spring’s suggestion of a 2 pm ceremony. We opted to do photos before the ceremony so our guests won’t have to wait for us and so we can do them all while we’re feeling fresh. (We’re having an outdoor ceremony in July…)
Post # 5
This definitely gives me a lot to think about. 2pm seems like a nice time to get married with the reception following soon after. I also like the idea of completing all or most of the photos before the ceremony! So much to think about and I’m thankful we still have some time before making our final decision:)