(Closed) What time of day to get married???? Help!!!!!

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Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Are you doing pictures after the ceremony? Having a cocktail hour? Or will it go directly to dinner.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

 

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taynilla:  We’re doing a 3:30 ceremony which will run to 4-4:15 then cocktail hour at 5, dinner at 6. Our DJ does 6 hours music regardless, so we’re only having to pay for an extra hour, which isn’t much.

Our ceremony is at a different place from our reception though.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - country club in Michigan

Few things to keep in mind

1: how long is the ceremony? 20 min, or an hour?

2: cocktail hour length (also this is a good time to take photos so make sure you have enough time here)

3: dinner time

 

If you have a 5:00 wedding that lasts 1 hr, then a 1 hr cocktail hr, the reception wont start until 7, with dinner being served around 7:30. This is a bit late for most people. But if the ceremony is only 20 min, then it’d work out alot nicer since dinner will be served closer to 7.  

 

Also, my DJ charged a set fee regardless of # of hours (so the reception ending at 11 or 12 made no difference). Check your DJ though.  

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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taynilla:  4 would be better. 🙂

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Honey bee

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taynilla:  Are many of your guests from out of town? Are they staying at hotels nearby/do you have a room block? Check-in time might be good to consider, when considering the start time.

Daughter #1 ceremony and reception at a hotel. Room block with discounted rates. Check-in 3:00, ceremony 5:30 PM, reception 6:00-11:30.

Daughter #2 – more people traveled. Room blocks at 3 different hotels, all with a 4:00 check-in. Ceremony at 6:00 PM, reception 6:30-11:30.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I got married in May of last year and our ceremony was at 5. We did a first look and had a cocktail hour. It was perfect for the weather and sunlight. I don’t think it was too late at all.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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taynilla:  We’re having a church ceremony and then a hotel reception, but it’s only going 10-15 min by car between the two. Our ceremony starts at 3.30, so that’s when we’ll walk down the aisle. The ceremony is estimated for 45 min, then 30 min outside for photos on the steps and with family, then down to the hotel. That way we’ve estimated that we can serve dinner at 5.30-6 (not doing canapés). Many of our guests are older so they wouldn’t want to eat any later than that.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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taynilla:  No, but we only had one set of grandparents and they came with my husband’s aunt and uncle so they weren’t completely on their own. They stayed for a while too! And probably would’ve stayed even longer had the power not gone out… haha. 

Our wedding was semi-destination at 2 hours away so it gave people enough time to get there (for those who didn’t stay overnight) without having to get up so early in the morning.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

5 is not to late to get things going. I’m getting married late April…ceremony is at 5:30, reception ends at 11. It’s fine!

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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Thank you to all the Bee’s for this information.  I am getting married on August !st of this year and  I have no clue of what time I should schedule our big Weeding celebration. 

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