Post # 1
Hi bees! Me and my Fiance are trying to decide on our wedding time and reception. We are getting married on a Saturday. The wedding will last 20-30 mins. Church is about 5 mins away from reception hall. We have the reception hall for 4 hrs. Fiance family wants to do the wedding at 430 and reception at 6. My family wants the wedding to start at 630 and reception to start at 8. My Fiance and I were just wondering is there a typical wedding start time and a reception time? What time did you guys start your wedding and reception?
Post # 3
I don’t think there really is a “typical” reception time, but it does somewhat depend on what all you are including in your reception. If you are serving a meal, 8 is very late to start.
6 is alot better if you are serving a meal, but still a little late for some folks.
We are planning to start our ceremony around 3 or 4, social hour to follow and then reception beginning around 5 or 6.
Post # 4
We are starting our ceremony at 7:00 and our reception at 7:45
Post # 5
Ceremony was at 5:00
Photography/cocktail hour 5:30
Reception was at 6:30
Post # 6
We r having a 4pm ceremony, 530ish reception start time with a plated dinner about 6. By 8 we should be completely done. That way we get daytime for our ceremony and pics, and sunset and nightfall for some of the reception in our gorgeous venue. We have our venue rented for four hours. We r having a destination so guests can still have an evening to go out on the island if they want.
Post # 8
I think we will be doing the ceremony at 4:00, cocktails from 4:30-6:30 and reception at 6:30. If we can get set up earlier, then I’d like to have the ceremony closer to 3:00, but I don’t think that will be possible.
Post # 9
We are doing the ceremony at 4-445 it’s a 20 min drive to the reception and that goes from 6-10
Post # 10
@candy08: We are doing a 6 pm ceremony and an hour cocktail hour with dinner @ 8:45. We are only doing this because we had 2 options at hour church, either ceremony at 12 pm and have 5 hours in between or at 6 with no gap. 🙂 Not ideal, but it is what it is! 🙂
Post # 11
@candy08: Are you serving dinner? If so, I would start the reception around 6 or 7 at the latest.
Post # 12
7:00 cocktails and finger foods
People know the ceremony start time from the invitation, and they know that the reception will start 1-1.5 hrs after that from “reception to follow”. If they usually eat dinner at 5, they are welcome to eat before coming to the ceremony. I didn’t get any complaints on the timing of the events.
Post # 13
Our ceremony starts at 6pm and it’s only going to last about 15-20 minutes at the most (JOP ceremony). Cocktail hour right after (ceremony and reception is in same location). Dinner may start about 7:45pm (after the first dance and father/daughter dance).
Post # 14
Yes I am serving dinner. Thanks!
Post # 15
7:00 Rooftop Cocktail Hour
8:00 Reception All at the same venue
Post # 16
We’re starting our ceremony at 5-5:30 with a the reception from 6-11 (I wanted extra dancing time, haha). Since our reception venue is literally 3 minutes from the church, guests can go early and find their seat, mingle, get drinks, and take advantage of the cookie table. We should be starting dinner by 6:30.