Post # 1
My dinner may start about 7:45pm. Is that too late? My ceremony starts at 6pm (we will wait NO more than 10 minutes for the latecomers), last till 6:30pm and then we go into cocktail hour (I will miss this, I will be taking pics!). So 7:30pm, the entire Bridal Party enters reception and Fiance (he will be my hubby in a few wks!) and I will go into our first dance. Dad and I will do our dance then we will eat so I’m timing 7:45pm. What time are you starting your dinner?
Things I should also add: I thought since time moved forward an hour (daylight savings time) it would be okay. That’s why I set that time for the ceremony. And also, the ceremony and reception are at the same venue.
Post # 3
As long as there is food at the cocktail hour for people you should be fine. Your ceremony is late in the day so people will probably eat a little before that.
Post # 4
i think that might be a little late, but it isn’t too bad. since you’ll have cocktail hour, people won’t be starving (provided there are appetizers lol). my only concern would be if there will be enough time for dancing… what time will your reception end? either way, i think it’ll be fine!
Post # 5
Our dinner is starting around 8:30, we haven’t confirmed our timeline yet. I don’t think it’s too late since there will be plenty of food available at the cocktail hour.
Post # 6
@sleepyhead22: My reception doesn’t end till 11pm. And yes I am having apps during cocktail hour. I haven’t quite figured a timeline. I think 8:30pm we will begin the dancing and that will continue till about 10:30 (maybe 10:45pm) and we do the traditional rituals (cake cutting, bouquet and garter toss). I would love to take pics before the wedding but my traditional family (since this is the first wedding on my mom’s side) won’t hear of it!
We are taking the pics of me and the girls and my family and myself alone before the wedding and Fiance comes to the venue later and takes pics with his family and Groomsmen so we can cut down on pic time. How long would it take after the ceremony for pics of just me and Fiance and complete group pics? I would like cocktail hour to be more like 30-45 minutes, not a full hour.
Post # 7
My ceremony starts at 6 as well, and dinner served around 7:45, after cocktail hour, which hors d’hoevres will be served at. I am planning on doing the dances after dinner though.
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
My dinner is probably starting around 8, but cocktail hour should hopefully be starting at 6:30
Post # 9
Our schedule is 3pm wedding : 3:30 ceremeony
3:45ish or 4pm-5pm cocktail (photos)
5ish to 7 eating
7 to 10. Drinking/board games, dancing.
Post # 10
Cocktail hour – 4:30 to 5:30
Dinner – around 6
Post # 11
I think people will realize that since it’s a later ceremony they should eat a little bit first. There was an issue like this at my cousins wedding where people with diabetes and pregnant people needed to eat sooner so they ended up moving dinner up an hour which worked. The apps at cocktail hour should help and moms know to pack snacks for the little ones so it should work fine. Around here people eat dinner between 5-5:30 so our dinner is starting between 5:30 and 6.
Post # 13
We had a 6pm ceremony with 8:00 dinner. But the venue wasnt prepared and we didnt end up starting dinner until 830 so I dont see it as too late. No one cared that it was late (at least they didnt tell me).
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2014 - Legare Waring House
Your timeline sounds pretty similar to mine! I’m hoping not to miss the whole cocktail hour, but I think that as long as they’re fed during that time, dinner at 7:45 should be just fine.