(Closed) what time of day for a ceremony?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
4519 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

5:00 ceremony

5:30 – 6:30 cocktail hour

7:00 dinner

11:00 reception ends

Post # 5
1285 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would have choosen 430 or 5pm. It would give enough time for photos during the day, a reasonable start time for getting ready, and a good start time for cocktail hour/reception without any lag time. Instead we had to have it at 6pm, which caused the cocktail hour to start late.

Note: we did bride/groom and family pictures before and I would do that again if given the option.

Post # 6
5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

I’ve had my wedding and this is what we did:

10:00am: Started getting ready

1:30pm: Started photos, including first look

3:00pm: Family photos

4:00pm: Ceremony

5:00pm: Cocktail hour

6:00pm: Dinner


The reason we decided to do it this way is because 1) we wanted ample time to take photos and 2) Our ceremony and reception were at the same spot, so we didn’t want to make guests wait hours between the ceremony and dinner.  It worked out perfectly!

Post # 7
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Smithfield Center

Ours will be at 1:00 pm. This way, we can get away with not having a sitdown meal or alcohol.

Post # 8
5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

@sillyquirky:  Your having an outdoor wedding in February? I assume you don’t live in a cold climate lol? (ETA: Wait, did you already get married? Your date says 2012)

My wedding was also in February, but in Quebec, so it was definitely an indoor party for the most part lol. 

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