Post # 1
I’m just curious what time yall had or are having your ceremony start. Ours will start at 5:00 pm. I thought that was a good time to have it start, so that by the time the ceremony and cocktail hour are over, it’ll be dinner time. But today my fiance comes to me and says “My grandma wants to know why the wedding is starting at 5:00?” Apparently she didn’t give a specific reason for having a problem with it, but she does. Mind you, this is a woman who I swear wakes up every morning and says to herself ‘What new way could I annoy Nicole today?’ Like, is 5:00 such a strange time to have a wedding start? I’m so confused. Obviously I’m not going to change it because everything is already planned, and invitations have been sent, but I was just curious about what time other couples had their weddings.
Thanks, bees 🙂
Post # 3
Our ceremony starts at 1 PM, will be over by 2 PM, and our cocktail hour starts at 5 PM. I’d prefer 3 to 1, but it’s winter, so I want some light for pictures outside, and it’ll be completely dark by 5:45 PM.
Post # 4
Ceremony at 4
Cocktail hour 5-5:45
Supper at 6
Dance started at 7:30 or so and went until 11
I thought it flowed quite well!
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Pre-ceremony cocktail hour at 3:30, ceremony at 4:30, cocktail hour round 2 at 5:00, dinner at 6:00, toasts and music and reception at 7:00.
I have no idea why Grandma thinks a 5 pm reception is weird, except that older people tend to eat dinner really early? Maybe that’s dinner time to her.
Post # 6
@lolot: That’s the only reason I could think of too. But our ceremony will be as quick as humanly possible so it’s not like she’ll be starving by the time she can get at some appetizers!
Post # 7
Ours is at 5, the earliest weddin I’ve ever been to was at 430. I could see an issue with like 6 since dinner would start til 8 but 5 is perfect for us!
Post # 8
@CarolinaCola: It might be she is used to church weddings? which normally are much earlier in the day. We are doing 4 because we are at a higher latitude, we wanted as much sun as possible.
Post # 9
Our ceremony will start at 5:30 pm.
Post # 10
Ceremony at 1:30, tea reception at 2:30, evening receptioon at 7:00
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2011 - Boy #1 12/2015, boy #2 02/2018
@CarolinaCola: We planned us for 11 am but ended up starting at 12 pm (thanks to some delays). We set up like that because we had our wedding up in the mountains and wanted people to experience the beauty. We offered lunch instead of dinner, and it went really good with pics after and all. We had a beautiful day! The whole thing lasted until about 7 pm. People were able to drive afterwards because it was still daylight.
Post # 12
Ours is 4pm, out cocktail hour will start at 5, and out reception will go from 6-10pm.
Post # 13
We had an early wedding – 11:30am – and we loved it, but I think most weddings fall somewhere between 2pm and 6pm.
My issue with a wedding later than 4pm would be that I would get hungry and/or tired. I’m basically an old lady disguised as a healthy young woman though. I wake up early and go to bed fairly early, and I eat on a pretty tight and early schedule. So for me, if the wedding was late enough that I couldn’t eat dinner until like 8pm, I’d be annoyed. I’d still go and have a good time, and I wouldn’t TELL anyone I was annoyed about dinner, I’d just have a snack. And then I might leave early because I am lame and don’t want to be out so late.
We had the option of 11:30am, which we took, or 6pm, which sounded awful to me. It was a Catholic wedding, so the ceremony was closer to an hour. Even if we did a first look and formal portraits before the wedding, it would still mean that dinner wouldn’t be served until at least 7:30 and the reception wouldn’t be over until like midnight. That’s fine for young people, but for older people or folks with kids, that’s kind of difficult.
But really, your time is not too late or weird. Grandma’s just being old and cranky. Some of us like to eat at 5pm and go to bed before 10. You’re cramping her old lady style 😉
Post # 14
Our ceremony was at 4, cocktail hour from 4:45-5:45, grand entrance and first dance 5:45-6, dinner and dancing from 6 to 10.
Post # 16
Ours started at 10:30, hors d’evoures started at 12 (1 hour ceremony and 30 minute drive), lunch started at 1pm and everything ended at 3:30pm!