(Closed) What time is your Ceremony and why did you choose that time?

posted 11 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: What time is your Ceremony?

    1pm or 2pm

    3pm or 4pm

    5pm or 6pm

    Other, please explain

  • Post # 3
    412 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    Our ceremony is scheduled for 3pm. We’re having drinks and finger food served straight after the ceremony for guests, and we’re having our photos taken during this time. The reception is planned for between 5:30 -6ish. We’ll probably play it by ear depending on how long our photos take. We’re a bit lucky in that our ceremony and reception are all happening in the same venue – we’re having a garden wedding too, so our guests can have drinks and something to eat and then have a wander around the garden. Hopefully a 3pm ceremony means that we have plenty of time to get ready without rushing, although the closer it gets I’m not so sure about that!

    Post # 4
    85 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We’re thinking about having our wedding around 2pm.  That way our guests will have time to check-in at the hotel and such, while we’re taking outdoor pictures.  I want to have a full day to celebrate so I’m all about an earlier ceremony. 

    Post # 5
    124 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We are calling the wedding for 5pm (short 20 min ceremony) then group shots at the ceremony site, followed by B&G photog session on the rocky shoreline/tidepools. Reception will likely happen around 7pm with guests at cocktails between 530 and 7pm. 

    Reason: #1 we wanted sunset photos on the shoreline and #2, the heat backs off later in the afternoon and the tradewinds pick up (ceremony is outdoors)

    Post # 6
    575 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    Ours was at 2 pm.  We had a full Catholic Mass so it was long.  Cocktail hour started right after Mass (with about 20 minute travel time to the reception venue) and dinner started around 5:30/6 pm (I think – it’s all a blur!)  Our reception went til about midnight (when they brought up the lights and kicked us out – most people were long gone by then!)

    Post # 9
    33 posts
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Our church ceremony is at 1pm and reception starts at 5pm.  The church we wanted to get married at has confession and mass in the early afternoon so we had to get married at 1pm.  We didn’t want to start the reception right after, we wanted it at night so we extended cocktail hour by another hour to start at 5 instead of 6pm and my parents are hosting a light fare at my place.  All three locations are within 3 miles of each other.  I also provided a list of activities in the area for those who rather do something more active.  During the time between the church and the reception, we will be taking pictures.

    In the end, for us it was about having options and whatever they do is up to them.

    Good luck.

    Post # 10
    273 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    WE’re having both the ceremony and reception at the same site (a restaurant). It’s also on a Sunday. Because of the SundayThe ceremony is about 20 minutes, then I figure we can do pictures while gusts mingle, find seating, eat appetizers. Then dinner and a full reception ending around 7 or 8. That way local guests can get home at a decent hour and get to work the next day.

    Post # 11
    1585 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    Ours is at 1, BUT thats because we are having it in the Bahamas (ceremony only) and the resort only allows them until 2 or 3. I also wanted to make sure we had plenty of time to get to the town hall and do stuff for the rest of the day

    Post # 12
    71 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Ours is at 1PM. We have older family members and 1PM does not make them get up super early and they will not be driving back home in the dark.

    Post # 13
    1259 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Ours will be at 6 PM. We decided this time because in Georgia, in August, it is VERY hot  and we hoped that by pushing it back to 6 it will be a little cooler!

    Post # 14
    21 posts
    • Wedding: May 2015

    We’re starting our at 6 so that it’ll be cooler also (it’s an outdoor ceremony). Also, since our reception and ceremony are at the same location, then it can flow right into cocktail hour and dinner without a space of time in between where the guests have to figure out something to do until the reception.

    Post # 15
    1953 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    We did ours at 3:00 pm.  Here are our reasons:

    1. We wanted enough time to get ready the morning of (pictures ect)
    2. Our reception was 30-45 min away from the ceremony
    3. We didn’t want more than an hour lag between the ceremony and reception
    4. We didn’t want our guests to have to spend ALL day on us (babysitters too)

    Post # 16
    519 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Ours is a brunch wedding, so ceremony will probably be at 11:30am. It will be short, 20 minutes at most.

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