Post # 1
We’re having our Friday wedding on a holiday (Veterans Day) and keep going back and forth on whether to have it during the afternoon or early evening. One of my concerns is picture opportunities and especially with my groom because we don’t want to see eachother before the ceremony.
I’d like to start around 4pm (the suns sets a bit earlier in November)…but, I’ve gotten some push back from family to move it to 6pm….grrr!!
Have any of y’all had a similar experiences?
Post # 3
veteran’s day isn’t a holiday for many people, so they would have to take off work to attend a 4pm ceremony.
have you looked up what time sunset will be?
Post # 4
i’m actually having the same debate for the same reasons….right now we are planning between 4-6pm…..i think for us, once we book our photographer, we’ll ask their opinion because of lighting and such (we’re getting married outdoors) and then make a decision from there….
Post # 5
I’m having a Friday wedding at 10:30am. It’s destination so people will have to take off the time anyway. My biggest concern is that we have to start hair and makeup at 5:30am, and if there are any last minute changes, like vendor mishaps, rain, etc., there’s not a whole lot of time to “fix” them.
Post # 6
We’re doing our ceremony at 4:00pm, a cocktail hour at 5:00pm and the reception is at 6:00pm. We’ll be doing our photos during the cocktail hour for our guests.
Post # 7
We’re doing a 6pm start time but most of our guests will have the day off anyway for the holiday. It was one of the reasons I picked the date. I decided not to start earlier because I really wanted an evening wedding.
Post # 8
We had ours at 5:00 but we did a first look and stuff first so we went straight to the reception. Because you are doing your photos after the ceremony i would suggest sticking to the time you are doing or even earlier.
Post # 9
We are having a Catholic ceremony so it will begin at 2pm. The mass will last 45 min to an hour. I am having some conflict since we won’t open up the reception venue until 5:30. My guests are going to have to wait 2 and a half hours until they can get food. What makes it worse is that our church and reception venue are only 10 to 15 minutes apart.
Therefore, I doubt very many people will attend my ceremony. That is the price we will have to pay 🙁
Post # 10
Because of our venue, we have to have our wedding ceremony at 6:00pm. It does have me a bit nervous…..but, I feel like it will turn our just fine. I wouldn’t worry about the time change, I’m sure it will still be lovely!
Post # 11
@msomar- we are in the same boat..our church doesn’t do any wedding after 1:30..bummed about that but what can ya do. so our ceremony will be at 1:30, cocktail hour at 4, dinner at 5. 11/5 is the last day before fall back, so we will have plenty of daylight, but we are also concerned about people waiting
Post # 12
I was worried about pictures as well. Since it is November it’s going to get darker earlier. However I did some research and found out that our wedding will be the day before we turn our clocks back. So it won’t be as dark. But still. Our ceremony is at 2:30. I figure there will be plenty of light by the time 4:00 rolls around.
Post # 13
7:30, and I’m totally concerned about it being to late. It will make the dancing/party fun, but I’m worried people will end up eating until 10:30 if things don’t run really smoothly.
I’m having champagne and hor d’ouvres right at the ceremony venue to take the edge off of everyone’s hunger/urge to drink while we do pictures. Our guest list is small enough that I want a pic with everyone who comes (in family or friend groups). I’m hoping this will give us a little more time for pictures while making people feel included instead of like they are waiting for us. I have asked the reception coordinator to have the food service start as soon as we get to the ballroom.
Post # 14
3pm is the latest my church does ceremonies and my husband wants a late reception. we have the reception scheduled at 6pm that will give us 2 hrs for pics and i expect only very very close family at ceremony and the majority of guest at receptions. This is how I try and rationalize it im my head LOL. My suggestion would be to take pictures before so you have plenty of daylight and then have the ceremony.
Post # 15
Ours will start at 5. I like the idea of having tons of time to prepare myself, and lots of people are coming from out of town so I want to give them ample time to travel. I think it’s a good time considering we’ll have a short ceremony (prob 10 minutes) and move right into dinner.
Post # 16
At the church where we are going to have our ceremony they either have it at 10AM 12PM or 2PM, but I really wish it could start around 4PM, I am going to ask the priest and hopefully he can change the time…