(Closed) What time is your ceremony starting?

posted 5 years ago in May 2014
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

We had pictures in the morning and started our ceremony at 4:30. We calculated an hour for that and then dinner at 6:30. Don’t know if that will help you any, but that is what we did.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Right now I think we have in our contract that the ceremony is at 4:00 pm (my DJ/photo booth contracts have 5 pm start times).  We may push it back to 5 pm, but I’m not sure!  The latest we can be in our venue is 10:30 pm, so startng later can take us to that cutoff point without having to pay our vendors extra.  I just get worried about the weather/temperature as well since our ceremony and cocktail hour are outside.

 

We are also doing pictures before the ceremony so that we can enjoy cocktail hour.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

5:30pm. Cocktails at 6pm and then dinner at 7.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My times are picked for me by the venue. 5:30 ceremony and dinner should start around 7pm. In order to save time for reception fun we are taking a lot of pictures before the ceremony.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Paradise Gardens

@tippy22:  What time will your ceremony end?

@shopaholic85:  I am currently teetering between 4:30 and 5:00. This is a great thread, so I’ll be following to get some advice as well!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@BreezyBride24:  It should end no later than 6, then we’ll have cocktail/picture time.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

5:00 ceremony
5:30 cocktail hour
6:30 reception

ETA: Sorry, didn’t realize this was from the “May” board.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My ceremony starts at 7:30 pm (I’m having a Catholic ceremony so it was either 12:30 or 7:30 – ugh). We’re having a 45 min cocktail hour directly after that (to give my Fiance and I time to just be together, eat a little something, etc.) and then the dinner/reception begins. I’m guessing everything will be over about 1 or 2 am.

 

We are taking pretty much every single picture that we possible can before the ceremony starts so that we can get straight to the party. At first, I was a little disappointed to be having my ceremony start so late in the day, but the more I think about it, the more happy I am I went with the late start.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Ours is starting at around 3:30 or 4pm and then dinner will be around 6:30. Need to work out how much time we need in between for photos.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We are doing a first look around 2 at a site other than our venue because we can only get to our venue about an hour before the ceremony (ANNOYING).  And the rest of the day flows like so..

515- arrive at venue, spend another twenty minutes or so taking photos at venue with Fiance, delegate minor decorating tasks to BMs

545- hide upstairs from early bird guests arriving, drink champagne with ladies

630- ceremony start

7-830- extended cocktail hour

830-1230 reception

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We’re doing our ceremony at 5:30, cocktail hour 6-7 and reception 7-10. We have our venue from 10am-10pm and we will be getting ready in the bridal suite there. I cant wait!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Paradise Gardens

@everyheart:  No worries… what is your end time?

@adoc86:What time do you guys plan on ending?

 

@autumnlynnhill:  So your actual wedding will be a little less than 5 hours? I’m glad to hear that because that’s exacty what I was thinking, but then I got a little scared because I thought that may be too short of a time span.

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@BreezyBride24:  The venue recommended 11:30. There’s no minimum or maximum time, though, so I guess it will really depend on when people start clearing out.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@BreezyBride24:  Yep! Roughly 530-10pm. We will be in the bridal suite at our venue all day though, giving us plenty of time for decor and pictures!

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