What time is your evening wedding scheduled for?

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
1724 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We did our ceremony outside in August. So we didn’t start until either 6:00 or 6:30 – I forget which. Short ceremony and our cocktail “hour” was like 30 minutes because we did most pics before the ceremony and our meal was like cocktail party style with passed heavy apps and stations. 

I can’t remember the exact timing of things but starting a little on the “late” side (according to my grumpy uncle) worked out really well for our group. 

Post # 3
1495 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

BEEelegant :  Wow, just WOW! Congrats bee 🙂


ETA: wrong post -_- sorry! Our wedding started at 4:30 (cocktail hour) we had an earlier Catholic ceremony. We extended the party until midnight 🙂

Post # 4
651 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

BEEelegant :  Our ceremony is at 4:00pm, cocktail hour is at 4:30pm, and I believe we will be serving dinner around 6:00pm (still TBD). We are on the West coast though, so the bugs aren’t too bad around here. FI’s family is from the deep South so I know exactly the bug problem you are talking about. What time of the year do they start getting really bad in your area? I know some places seem to be pretty tolerable until May/June.

I think it also depends on how late you are able to stay at your venue. We only have our venue until 10:00pm, so we wanted a relatively early ceremony. If we were allowed to have our venue until much later, I wouldn’t mind pushing back our ceremony a bit. Also, what do you consider “late” for dinner?

Post # 6
9223 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

ceremony was 630, cocktail hour 7-8, reception 8-midnight.

the general guideline for any event that i was told was as long as dinner is served by 9pm, you can start anytime you want.

Post # 7
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Venue opens at 6:30. Ceremony is at 6:45-7:00. 7:00-8:00 – reception line, travel to actual reception area. Dinner starts at 8:00-8:15 depending on guests. Goes to 11. We’re having the reception in a really hip restuarant-bar area in the downtown of a large metro, so if the young people want to go out afterwards, they have plenty of options.


We put in large font the times for everything on our invites. Since we don’t have much going on, I don’t see how it can be confusing for people either.

If a guest can’t possibly last til 8:00 pm, they will know well in advance. If they can’t remember to have a late lunch or pack a snack – that’s their problem, not mine. I see a lot of people who are guests at weddings comment about how they get ‘hangry” at a 8 pm dinner.

And I’m honestly like, the only acceptable reason for that to happen is if the wedding schedule was pushed late, or the actual wedding lasted forever with no food around (i.e. there’s no reason a 2 o’clock ceremony should serve dinner at 8 without plenty of food and entertainment for guests in between). Otherwise, guests are full grown adults that should know how to plan for a late meal. You’re not a kid anymore, so long as you have reasonable control over the circumstances, hangry shouldn’t be a thing.


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