(Closed) What time are your ceremony and your reception?

posted 8 years ago in August 2010
Post # 3
243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

That sounds nice. You will have less time to stress before the ceremony and more time for the wedding night Laughing

Our wedding will be at 4 , cocktail hour 6-7 and reception from 7-11:30. Only problem, many of our guests have children under the age of 8! That means alot of people leaving early to put their kids to bed. 20 kids under 8, sigh!

Post # 4
873 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We’re having our Canadian wedding on a Sunday, so we also had to change our timing a bit because we know a chunk of people will be driving home to go to work the next day.  We are starting our ceremony at 3, lawn games from the end of the ceremony to 630, and dinner from 630-9ish.  We figure the older crowd/work the next day people will leave at that point, and the people who are staying at the hotel will continue to hang out in an informal way.  We are also getting married in Korea, and the ceremony + meal will take about 1 hour! It’s VERY quick here!  That means our wedding will start at 12:30 and end about 130/2! Most of our Korean-Western friends who have married here have invited friends out later for drinks, and we will probably do the same.  Is there any other place you could go to after the official wedding (at least with a smaller group of people) for an after party? (only if you want to extend the night that is)

Post # 5
272 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think your timeline is spot on. Our ceremony is at 4, cocktail hour from 5-6, and reception from 6-10.

I don’t know if you plan to take a honeymoon immediately after your wedding or how close you are to an airport but a mid-day wedding might be a blessing in disguise. After we set our time schedule we went to book our honeymoon and realized that after we leave our reception we will have to immediately change, drive 1.5 hours to a hotel right outside the airport, only to wake up SUPER early (4am) in the morning and catch our flight. 🙁

Post # 6
713 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

we are doing an 11am ceremony… cocktail hour 12-1, reception 1-5. it was much cheaper that way and most of our guests are 2 -3 hours away so it makes it so they dont HAVE to stay over.. although im hoping they do because karaoke night starts at 8!

Post # 7
375 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Ceremony 6 or 6:30

Cocktail Hour 7:00

Dinner 7:30 or 8

Dancing and Fun 9

Is this too late?? I was gonna start at 5:30 but its outdoors and it will be really hot! Plus the sun sets around 9 so this way it will start to get dark when the music starts. Reception and ceremony at same site fyi…

Post # 8
1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ceremony at 10am and reception from 3-8….yes its a full Catholic Mass.

Post # 9
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

SORRY! WRONG POST! wooops. Embarassed

Post # 10
179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Catholic Mass 5:30

Cocktails 6:30

Dinner & Dancing 7:30-midnight!

12:30 a.m. Festivities with husband… Wink

Post # 11
40 posts
  • Wedding: August 2010

Church Ceremony 4:30pm

Cocktail Hour 5:30-6:30pm

Dinner and Dancing 7pm-midnight

Post # 12
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Dang…I’m glad I looked at this thread. I was totally thinking a 6pm ceremony with reception from 7 to ten or ten thirty. TOTALLY forgot about cocktail hour….Maybe five for our ceremony then??

Post # 13
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I never imagined having a mid-day ceremony/reception, either!  But, the only time my ceremony venue was available on 8.28 was at 1pm…soooo, a mid-day wedding it is!  Lol.  It’s definitely a little stressful because it means I will be up at the crack of dawn trying to prepare things, plus hair appts for me & the bridesmaids, makeup, etc. 

Ceremony & Reception sites are only about 10 minutes away from each other….so we’re thinking:

Ceremony 1-1:30 pm (Not having a mass or anything so how long is it really going to take?  I prefer short and sweet lol) 

Reception to start at 3pm I’m thinking, hmmm this does not give us a lot of time for pictures though, only like an hour and a half.  :/  Maybe 2:30-3:30 cocktail hour, 3:30 reception start?


Post # 14
510 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We’re having our ceremony at 5:30 with the reception at 7-11pm (or whenever everyone leaves, hopefully earlier!). We did a late ceremony/reception time because the reception venue was booked up until 6, and they need an hour to turn around for us.

Post # 15
198 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

We are doing a 4:30 ceremony,

5:00-6:00 cocktail hour,

6:00-7:30 (or 7:15) dinner,

7:30 to 10:30 dancing.

Post # 16
900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Rx – Mine’s scheduled for the same time as yours…Technically, the room is not mine until 7. I would prefer my ceremony to start around 5:30, but it will probably be at 6 or 6:30…

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