(Closed) What time did you start your wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
Hostess
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We are starting our ceremony at 7:00 and our reception at 7:45

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Ceremony was at 5:00

Photography/cocktail hour 5:30

Reception was at 6:30

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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 # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

5:00 Ceremony

5:30 Cocktail Hour

6:30 Reception

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@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
Hostess
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

@candy08:  Are you serving dinner? If so, I would start the reception around 6 or 7 at the latest. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

6:30 ceremony

7:00 cocktails and finger foods

7:45 reception

 

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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 # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

6:30 Ceremony

7:00 Rooftop Cocktail Hour

8:00 Reception All at the same venue

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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.

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