(Closed) What time does your wedding ceremony start?

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I think we will be something like 3pm ceremony for half an hour and then reception starting at 5:30. Gaps are totally normal where I live, so I am taking advantage of a picture gap. 

Post # 4
1083 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I wanted to avoid a gap. . . ceremony at 11:30 am, cocktails beginning at 12 pm, and reception beginning at 1 pm until 5 pm. . . the only gap will be a 2 hour window until the after party begins!

Post # 5
2553 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Ceremony at 6 and reception at 7. We are starting photography at 3 though with a first look at 4. If we weren’t having a first look I would have to start the ceremony way before 6 for sure but his family is particular and would be grouchy about a gap since its a only 25 person wedding. Yay for a first look saving the day.

Post # 6
739 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@stephko99:   My ceremony and reception are at the same venue, so that allows my ceremony to start at 5 and my reception to start at 6:30. They usually start ceremonies at 5:30, but since my wedding will be in October, we bumped it up so we have more daylight.

I think what you said should work out fine. How many people are in your bridal party? Depending on how many people you have, hair and makeup will probably have to start pretty early to be at the church by 12:30! 

Post # 7
8453 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

ceremony at 6:30 pm, cocktails and dinner at 7:00pm

Post # 8
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Our ceremony starts at 2:00, lasting 30-45 minutes.  Reception starts at 5:30 but guests can go there following the ceremony.  We are taking pictures before the ceremony at the church, and going to another location after the ceremony.  We won’t get to the reception site until 5:15 ish.  This is the norm in my area though. I worry about people getting bored with the long wait, but we can’t really change any of the times, as there is a Saturday church service at 4:00 p.m.

Post # 9
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Ceremony start: 4:00 p.m.

Ceremony end: 4:30 p.m.

Cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres and open bar: 4:30-5:45 p.m.

Reception: 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Post # 10
1279 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@stephko99:  Ours will start at 2 pm too with dinner at 5:30 pm. Our ceremony is on the beach, about an hours drive away from reception venue. We expect very few people at the ceremony though, because of the large time gap.

Post # 11
4606 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

We’re looking at starting at 2 or 3, reception starting around 4 and being over around 7. We got a great deal for our venue, but it has to be cleared out by 9 because it’s a bed and breakfast and is someone’s home. 

Post # 12
2390 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Our ceremony started at 10:30, reception started about 11:30, with a 20-minute drive between the two.  We started hair and makeup at 5:00.

Post # 13
16 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

Ceremony starts at 2pm, cocktails at 5pm, dinner at 6pm.

Post # 14
2849 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I wanted to avoid a gap, so I had the ceremony at 4pm and reception at 5pm. It gave everyone enough time to say hello after the ceremony and then drive over to the reception location. I did most of my pictures before the ceremony started to save time. 

Post # 15
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We are having everything at the same location.. so, our ceremony will start at 5pm, cocktail hour will be from 5:30-6:30 and then the reception will start right away.

Post # 16
3277 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We’re doing photos before the ceremony, starting to get ready about 8am.

Pictures 1-3:30 Ceremony at 4:30, Reception at 5:30

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