(Closed) What time of day is/was your ceremony/reception? What do you think of evening?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What time of the day will/did you have your wedding and reception?

    Morning ceremony and reception

    Morning ceremony, afternoon reception

    Afternoon ceremony and reception

    Afternoon ceremony, afternoon to evening reception

    Evening ceremony and reception

    Something different that I will describe

  • Post # 3
    491 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Oooo our wedding date was June 12 this year!!  We had an evening ceremony and reception, and out of the, oh, 10 MILLION weddings I’ve been to they have all been in the evening, with a full dinner.  Our ceremony started at 6:30, cocktail hour from 7:00-8:00, and dinner at 8:30 with dancing to follow til midnight.  That is the usual formula for the weddings I have been to.  Your ideas sound GORGEOUS, for both the ceremony and reception!  However if you wait til dusk for the ceremony it will be a very late one, which cuts into your reception time and will make the wedding seem to go by that much faster.  So as long as you’re ok with that I say go for it.  I suppose doing a cocktails and hors d’oevres only reception would be ok since it will be so late.  Usually I would say dinner is a must for an evening reception but this plan has a very late start.  With the ceremony not starting til like 8:30 or 9:00 you can definitely expect guests will take care of their own dinner beforehand.  Be sure to put in the invitation that the party will be a cocktail party, not a full dinner, just to be sure people aren’t starving at your expense.  We went to one wedding that was heavy hors d’oevres at what would usually be dinner time and it was ok.  We were full but it felt like it was lacking something without a full meal. 

    Post # 4
    13094 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I don’t know where to vote in your poll as I don’t know what you consider “evening”.  We had a 4:30pm start time for our ceremony and I consider that an evening wedding.  Our reception was at 6:00pm.

    Post # 5
    3670 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    Our ceremony was at 5:30 with cocktails at 6:30 and dinner at 7:30.  I think late afternoon/evening/night weddings are gorgeous which is why we chose a later start time.

    Post # 6
    183 posts
    Blushing bee

    we are having a 1:30pm ceremony and a 6pm reception. i love that we have time in between to hang out and take pictures everywhere. i just feel that you lose a lot of your wedding day if you do everything at night and I want to take full advantage of my wedding day 🙂

    Post # 7
    23 posts
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Ceremony at 3 pm, reception at 6:30.

    Post # 8
    7774 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Ceremony at 5, cocktails from 6-7, reception from 7-11. So… evening everything.

    Post # 9
    759 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    first off, sorry so lon..i dont know where all this came from!…..

    we are doing our ceremony around 4. then cocktail hour around 5 (whenever ceremony ends and people arrive at reception , wedding party photos will be taken during this time). then dinner around 6. we are hoping for a 4-5 hour reception but will pretty much “end things” when it starts dieing down.

    we are having the reception on a big grassy lawn with canopies and paper lanterns and such..should be really nice at night time!

    from what i have been reading i have seen a lot of opinions that say you should have consideration for your guests when choosing your time because if you have a ceremony/reception starting at 6 or later thats really going too far “past dinner time”. i personally think eating dinner at 8 or later is too late. people will be hungry and wont want to eat before your wedding as theyll want to eat at teh reception.

    BUT, if you are doing hors d’oeuvres and you have your ceremony/reception starting around 7 or even later i think that is ok because people can eat before they go. i would just make it clearly known on the invitations that its an hors d’oeuvres type food.

    also from my research here on weddingbee i have seen that some people say their receptions go to late hours of the nigh..12-1am. i think it depends on the kind of “guests” you have. where as younger people may not care what time theyre out til and older people may not be able to.

    Post # 10
    2280 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    It sounds like you have a good plan for your wedding day…or evening in this case! 😛 Your colors and ideas will work gorgeously with the time. 

    Our wedding will be on a Sunday, which pretty much explains why we’re having an afternoon (2pm) ceremony and afternoon-evening reception (4-9pm). I posted a thread here asking how late guests would stay for a Sunday wedding, and generally people would be willing to stay until 8ish or later, and that’s on a Sunday. If you have a Friday or Saturday wedding, you can probably go as late as you like. 🙂

    Post # 11
    654 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

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    @kaitlinandjason:I’m so happy to hear that you’re doing your ceremony and reception at those times.  Our ceremony is at 1 and the reception is at 6.  I’m happy with it b/c I won’t feel rushed as I can get all my pictures done in the in between time and it’s very important for us not to do a “first look”.  However, I’m still struggling with what to do for my guests as I know it will be annoying to have that much free time in between.  Then again, it will be in downtown Chicago so there are plenty of options! 

    Post # 12
    915 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Our wedding is at 6:30 in the evening in Las Vegas outside. It will be dark since it will be in October. Our reception is going to be in Pittsburgh when we return around 5 or 6 pm.

    Post # 13
    70 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Our ceremony will begin at 5 PM, with the social hour being from 6-7.  So, our reception will begin at 7 PM.

    Post # 14
    1263 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I love evening ceremonies and receptions! I voted afternoon ceremony, afternoon-evening reception though, because due to the nature of our venue (race track) we have to have our ceremony done by 6:00 so that the announcements of the races don’t interrupt our ceremony! So we are doing our ceremony at 5:30, cocktail ‘hour’ (with open bar and hors d’ouvres) from 6:00-6:45, and then dinner at 7:00.

    Post # 15
    2580 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Our ceremony will start around 7:30, cocktail hour around 8, and 8:45ish-midnight for dinner and reception. We have to follow Jewish after-Sabbath rules for a Saturday night wedding, though, so we have to start really late to accomodate!

    Post # 16
    263 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’m in the minority…our ceremony begins at 11am! It wasn’t my ideal time, but my church only does ceremonies at 11am or 2pm, and nearly all the 2pms are booked. Jeez, I’m going to have to wake up at like 6am! I do like the fact that with a 12-5pm reception, we’ll be able to spend a little time with out of town friends afterwards in the evening if we want. I’m definitely leaning towards downtown dive bars!

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