(Closed) What time is your ceremony?

posted 11 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: What time is your evening ceremony?
    4-4:30 : (7 votes)
    23 %
    4:30-5 : (2 votes)
    6 %
    5-5:30 : (10 votes)
    32 %
    5:30-6 : (5 votes)
    16 %
    6-6:30 : (4 votes)
    13 %
    later than 6:30 : (3 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    702 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    We’re having our ceremony at 5, cocktails/passed apps at 5:30, dinner at 6:30. We are getting married on a Friday. It’s a semi-destination wedding (two hours away for most guests), so guests will have to take the day off for the most part. Doesn’t seem to be an issue for any of our guests, though!

    One thing you might consider is (1) keeping the ceremony brief (15 minutes is usually plenty), and (2) shortening cocktails to 45 minutes. Then you would be serving dinner closer to 7:30 instead of 8.

    Then again, will most people take off early from work anyway? I know I would probably take the afternoon off even for a 6:30 wedding. So maybe 6 would work just as well? I would ask a handful of your most important guests what they think.


    Post # 4
    4460 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Didn’t vote. OUr ceremony will be before 2pm.

    Post # 5
    38 posts
    • Wedding: March 2011

    We are having a destination wedding with the ceremony starting at 5pm with a cocktail hour from 5:30-6:30 (while we take pictures) and dinner at 7pm.


    I think your plans sounds fine. People with kids will most likely plan ahead and feed children before they come.

    Post # 6
    625 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Our Sunday wedding is starting at 4 to make sure we have enought time for the ceremony, pictures, and get everything cleared out of the ceremony location by 6 because they are having a show that night.

    Post # 7
    242 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    My wedding is a Friday but the venue doesn’t close to the public until 5pm. I’m hoping to start the ceremony at 6:30pm, cocktail hour at 7pm and the dinner around 8ish. It’s going to be a late night and I was concerned about fitting everything in too. I might shorten the cocktail hour and have the reception extended to midnight. If I were attending a workday wedding I would totally take that day off or at the very least leave work early.

    Post # 8
    151 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Mine was at 4:00 but it was on a Saturday.  I think 6 or 6:30 sounds fine for a Thursday wedding.  Maybe people can take an hour early off work to make it in time.  You could also try to provide a snack pack or something if you’re concerned about the little ones.  I had a friend that put together a little kit for kids, with activities and snacks to keep them happy.

    Post # 9
    6377 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Our wedding is on a Friday. Our ceremony will start at 5:30 and last about 15 minutes. Our cocktail hour will be immediately following (so roughly 5:45-7:00) and the reception will be from 7:00-11:00. All of our wedding events are taking place at the same resort but in different locations. 

    Post # 10
    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We are having a Friday wedding, starting the ceremony at 6 for the benefit of local people who might not want to leave work early. The ceremony will be 15-20 minutes. Cocktails immediately following, and dinner around 7:45/8, I’m assuming. Eight o’clock is a late meal to me, but we just didn’t feel we could do it any other way on a Friday, and we couldn’t afford a Saturday.

    Post # 11
    328 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    from what i have read, you have to be considerate of your guests. ours will be between 4 and 430.

    if you have your wedding so late people will be starving. and if you have a night reception you are “supposed to” have dinner around common dinner eating time as a courtesy to your guests.

    BUT also as you said, you are being considerate of working people so you mayy not have much of a choice.

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