(Closed) What time to start evening wedding?

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
5890 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

are your ceremony and reception in different places?  our reception has to end at 10, so we are starting our ceremony at 4 (also short, but a few minutes drive away)

Post # 4
764 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We are starting our wedding at 7:30 and ending reception at 11. We are not serving dinner though.

It’s an outdoor wedding and we wanted to start just before sunset.

Post # 5
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012


Our reception is starting at 6pm and ending at 11, which I think is pretty typical (the 5-hour reception) – you’d probably be good starting the ceremony at 5:30 or 6 if it’s short-ish.

Post # 6
2442 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Dinnertime is usually around 6:30 or 7:00.  If your ceremony is at the same location as your reception, have the ceremony around 5:00 or 5:30 giving yourself time for pics afterwards, but before dinner.  If the ceremony is at a different location add realistic travel time to the front end of 5:00 or 5:30.  

Post # 8
2247 posts
Buzzing bee

Ahh, I love your wedding date!  I wanted it, but it is also my birthday and I didn’t want to get married on my birthday.  We are getting married in July, so the sun sets later.  I wanted a sunset wedding, but at that rate, we wouldn’t be able to start until nearly 9 PM!  So, we’re starting at 7 or 7:30.  Since you’re getting married in October, you can probably do a sunset wedding at 5.

Post # 9
1561 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We did 

5:30 – 6:00 ceremony

6 – 7 : cocktail hour

7-11 reception

Post # 10
3222 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m doing the following:

– 6:30-7pm ceremony

– 7-7:45 cocktail hour

– 7:45-11pm reception

Post # 11
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

ours is:

5:30 doors

6 – 6:30 ceremony

6:30 – 7:30 cocktail hour

7:30 – 11:30 reception

Post # 12
7300 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Ours is in the same location. We don’t have to be out until 2am though.

Ceremony 5:30
Cocktail hour 6-7
Reception starting at 7 with dinner following shortly.

I know my friends. They will party until 2am.

Post # 13
1061 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Our church is about 25 mins from the reception.  We are doing photos before the ceremony.

5:30-6:30 ceremony

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