(Closed) What time should our wedding be?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

8:30 is a really late time for a ceremony, but I guess if you are doing cocktails and cake it could be okay. You just need to make sure that people know to eat dinner beforehand because most people expect to eat a meal when they go to a wedding.

Another option is that you could do an earlier ceremony and then just take a break to go take pictures during sunset. That is what Fiance and I are doing because our ceremony starts at 6.

Post # 4
5655 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think that would be great.. esp since you’re doing it like right at sunset and outdoors =)

I would just put “hor’douvres to follow” or something like that….. cocktails and hor’dourves are becoming pretty popular these days rather than a full “dinner reception”

Post # 5
1403 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

There was another bride on this board who considered doing a split ceremony.  Perhaps you can do the same?  Check out the rough timeline below…

5:00 – Coctail hour
6:00 – Bridal party makes their grand entrance (music somewhat upbeat)
6:15 – Speaches / toasts
6:30 – Sit down dinner
7:30 – MC calls for guests to be seated for ceremony
8:00 – Ceremony starts
8:40 – First dance (try to time it at sunset for some GORGEOUS pictures)
9:00 – Push through the garter toss and everything else before it gets too late
Midnight – Wrap things up

If you don’t want a sit down dinner, then start the coctail hour at 6:30 and serve hors’dourves until 7:30.  I hope that helps get the creative juices flowing!

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