(Closed) What time is your ceremony…do you have any concerns?

posted 9 years ago in November 2011
  • poll: What time is your wedding ceremony?
    Morning: Before Noon : (9 votes)
    9 %
    Afternoon: Noon-3pm (ish) : (36 votes)
    37 %
    Early evening: 4pm-6pm : (44 votes)
    45 %
    Evening: 7pm and later : (7 votes)
    7 %
    Other...please explain below : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 17
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Yes, we’re having a beach wedding so we want pretty sunset pictures- I was concerned about when to start & that we wouldn’t have enough daylight time left after the ceremony to take photos-  even though I love those “first look” type photos, we agreed that we don’t want to see each other before the ceremony either, so… we’re still on the fence, but I’d say around 3:30-4pm should be enough time. Now if I could stop worrying about it possibly raining…. Undecided

    Post # 18
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    251 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Ours is outdoors at 6pm and I am concerned about lighting.  Not sure if we should bring in additional lights.

    We are planning to do a first look so that should help.

    Post # 19
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    822 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I think if you let people know with plenty of notice they shouldn’t mind taking the afternoon or day off for a wedding if they don’t get the holiday off anyway.  Last year Fiance and I went to 2 Friday weddings which we took the entire day off work to go as they were cousins and close friends.

    It’s your wedding, go with the time you want, you only get one chance to take the photos you will have for life.

    We are having a ceremony at around 2:30 on a Saturday with the reception straight after but our reception is about a 20min drive from our ceremony

    Post # 20
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    130 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Just came across this post.. Sunset is at 5:24pm on Nov. 19, 2011 and dusk is at 5:53pm. My photog said she highly recommends starting our ceremony by 4:30 (4:40 really), ceremony over by 5, cocktail hour 5-6, reception 6-10. We will do a pre-sighting with most pictures and only take a few sunset pics. during cocktail hour (we want to join in the fun!). She was really worried about starting the ceremony any later and either not getting good ceremony pics (I orignally wanted to do ceremony 5-5:30, CH 5:30-6:30, reception 6:30-10:30) or not being able to do sunset pics because the sun would have already set. Just something to think about ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 21
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    946 posts
    Busy bee

    Ours is set to start at 3:30pm, but the lady who owns our venue knows that weddings almost always start late so the ceremony might not start until 4pm.

    Post # 22
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    13 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Our wedding is set for 5:30.  I am VERY concerned about lighting too.  I looked online and it looks like on the day of my wedidng (11/19/11) the sun will set a smidge before 6. 

    Based on the time of the ceremony (decided by the venue) we are taking most of our pictures before the ceremony.  But because of sunset, it very important that the ceremony start promptly at 5:30 and finish by 5:45 – that way we can have pictures right on the beach at sunset (great lighting). 

    Post # 22
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    13 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Our wedding is set for 5:30.  I am VERY concerned about lighting too.  I looked online and it looks like on the day of my wedidng (11/19/11) the sun will set a smidge before 6. 

    Based on the time of the ceremony (decided by the venue) we are taking most of our pictures before the ceremony.  But because of sunset, it very important that the ceremony start promptly at 5:30 and finish by 5:45 – that way we can have pictures right on the beach at sunset (great lighting). 

    Post # 24
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    72 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    @diva81esq:I am having the exact same problem as I have the exact same wedding date. ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t want to inconvenience anyone by having to get off work early, but I’m beginning to think maybe just do a day after photo shoot. Ideally I’d do it at 11:11 that morning, but 1, it’s a Friday and 2, I want candlelight and it’s difficult to pull that off before noon. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 25
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: February 2018

    Our ceremony is at 11am, over looking Lake Tahoe.  Thank goodness the Coordinator mentioned the sun setting at 4:30pm the previous year, or we would have paid a ton of money to be looking at complete darkness by the time our reception followed!  Gotta love a brunch reception!

    Post # 26
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    Newbee

    We;re getting married on 11/4/11… at first, we were going to schedule the ceremony for 6pm to allow people to arrive after work. But then we thought… screw it. We’ll have our ceremony at 5PM so that it’d end around 11pm versus midnight. 

    We’re hoping our guests will not have the audacity to show up midway through the ceremony or just show up for the reception. 

    Regarding photos, we’re doing a first look/reveal and bridal party pics prior to the ceremony from 3:00-4:30pm so that we can catch daylight and possibly the setting sun. 

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