Post # 1
I have noticed that a lot of wedding ceremonies seem to be taking place later in the day. Anywhere from around 4pm onward. I was just wondering how many other brides are also doing later ceremonies. I was originally planning mine for around 1 or 2pm, with the concern about the guests between the end of the ceremony and the reception. Is this why most couples are being married later, to avoid the long break between ceremony and reception?
I’d love to hear what other couples are doing and what their reason is!
Thanks in advance..
Post # 3
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
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
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
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 # 7
@Miss Sparklespaniel: We are really fortunate to have our Ceremony and Reception in the same place also! The Church has a gorgeous Hall right downstairs. This made me consider having our cermeony around 3pm also. That way, as we do photos, the guests can go downstairs and have cocktails and appetizers. I just always imagined having my wedding at 1pm. But that really seems to press for time. You just know, that a million things come up that delay the process.. I also wanted it earlier as all the photographers said at that time the sunlight will be perfect. But who am I kidding, our wedding is in raining Vancouver in February! There won’t be any sunlight!
I completely forgot to consider the hotel check in for guests. I think most will fly in on the Friday night, but who knows! They may need time to do that… hmm, thanks!
I like the idea of the reception starting later on. As I said in another thread, I am really concerned about how to keep our guests entertained for 6 or more hours.
I just know, from hearing from other brides, that things NEVER go, just as planned. I also know you can’t please/look after, everyone, unfortunately. But I also know my Fiance hates rain/dark dismal days. Which is what worries me most about the time of day. I definitely don’t want him feeling miserable/rained in on his Wedding Day! It is a bummer we have to have it in February, but for the sake of having everyone we love make it, that is the sacrafice we have to make. Also, with my work, it looks like the wedding will be on my birthday now.. Ahh!!!
Post # 8
@AnamCara: Did it seem like your guests were having a good time? With the reception going on a bit longer, what did you have to keep them entertained? Just DJ, toasts, those usual things? I just worry about what to do for hours and hours…
Post # 9
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.
Post # 10
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
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
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
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
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
We did ours at 3:00 pm. Here are our reasons:
- We wanted enough time to get ready the morning of (pictures ect)
- Our reception was 30-45 min away from the ceremony
- We didn’t want more than an hour lag between the ceremony and reception
- We didn’t want our guests to have to spend ALL day on us (babysitters too)
Post # 16
Ours is a brunch wedding, so ceremony will probably be at 11:30am. It will be short, 20 minutes at most.