(Closed) What would be an appropriate ceremony time?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
551 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think you’ll get mixed answers here, bc some bees are very traditional and others are more laid back and answers based on where you are located. But I would say even maybe a little later, like 7-then you can be sure that most folks have had time to go eat or have a snack before coming(?) but it’s really up to you and you pobably have a feel for what your guests will be comfortable with-more than anyone. More and more people are doing this or having a dessert reception (I think it’s a really cute idea, and creative way to cut costs, but since we had family traveling, we felt obligated to feed them etc).

Post # 5
4929 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

You could do late, like 7pm or after, or you could do an afternoon ordeal at 2 or 3. Afternoon might be easier, since lunch time is generally less flexible than dinner time. Most everyone considers lunchtime to be 12 noon, but some families eat dinner at a bunch of different times.

On the invite, instead of just having “reception to follow” like most do, you could say, “Hors d’oeurves reception to follow”… simple and to the point. Most guests will figure out that they need to be prepared for less than a full meal, but to also not completely stuff themselves beforehand. 

Post # 6
7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

@mepayne:  I agree. Make sure the ceremony and reception are in “non-eating times” and that it’s clear on the invitation. 

Post # 7
1112 posts
Bumble bee

I think a 6:30 or 7pm wedding would be good for that option.

We are having a 3pm wedding and serving light refreshments afterward. But ince you plan to have alcohol, the night time is definitey best!

Do keep in mind, though…the later your ceremony, the later you will be up and running that night. Don’t want to be TOO exhausted when you get home…if you know what I mean. 😉

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