Evening Wedding Time Line
I really want an evening wedding, plus our wedding is going to be on a Friday. How late is to late to start the ceremony? And then what time should dinner be?

Married: 07/16/2010
Posted On: Dec 22, 2009 at 3:29 PM • Vendors are allowed • Add to My WatchlistFlag As Inappropriate1 like

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Bayridgeqt
Married: 07/02/2010
Dec 22, 2009 at 3:32 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I'm having an evening wedding also on a Friday so I'll tell you my time line, maybe that will help. 7:30pm ceremony (7:00pm) on invites 8:00pm cocktail hour and 9pm-1am reception. My ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception are all in the same place so I am able to do the times that closely. Take into account how far away your venues are from one another and also how long your ceremony will run.

Married: 09/12/2009
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Dec 22, 2009 at 3:33 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Is the wedding outside? I think it depends on when it gets dark. In July it gets dark around 6:30 here, so I wouldn't want it to be any later than 6:00. And dinner usually follows within the hour after the ceremony.

Married: 01/17/2010
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Dec 22, 2009 at 3:39 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I don't think it's too much of a problem unless there is nothing to nosh on at your cocktail hour. Because not eating until after 9 would be hard for me! =) I get cranky when I'm hungry LOL

Married: 06/11/2010
Dec 22, 2009 at 3:43 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Im having my wedding on a friday night too! :) We decided on 7pm-10pm for the time. We didnt want anyone to have to take off work too early (guests that arent family) just for the wedding. And Plus theres alot of traffic in the town we are having the wedding at, so it gives them time to get there. FH wanted to have it at 5:30, but i thought with the traffic there, it might cause a problem, so we pushed it back a little bit. Just incase the traffic is horrible :)!!!!

Married: 07/16/2010
Dec 22, 2009 at 4:02 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Lucky for us we have our wedding venue from Thursday early morning until Saturday late morning, and our ceremony and reception is about a half a mile from each other and in July in CA it doesn’t get dark until about 8pm. The time line I was thinking would look like this

5:15-5::45- Pre -Ceremony appetizers and drinks
6:00- Ceremony
6:45-7:45 Post- Ceremony appetizers/cocktail hour
8:30 or 9:00- Dinner

Married: 10/18/2008
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Dec 22, 2009 at 8:16 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
If you have guests that worked all day you they may be very hungry. But your timeline seems to be realistic.

Married: 05/28/2010
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Dec 22, 2009 at 8:41 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
We are having a Friday evening outisde wedding. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 with cocktail hour beginning at 7:00. The reception will run from 8-midnight. I looked up the time of the sunset and here in Florida it said 8:20pm but I know even with the time change it wont be light at 8:20. We sent out our save the dates and really have spreaded the word about our Friday date and the time being at 6:30 in hopes that everyone will be able to make it through the traffic. I really wanted it to start at 6:00 but wasnt sure how many guests would be late and since we are only allotted 30 mins for the ceremony I just gave in and made it at 6:30.

Married: 07/18/2009
Reviews: 6
Dec 24, 2009 at 4:20 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
I had a Saturday wedding in the Summer (Vegas). The ceremony started at 5:30pm, with pictures from 6-7pm. The reception went from 7pm till 10pm and we had to extend the reception till 11pm as no one was leaving! lol

Hope this helps, good luck and congrats!


~ Tee
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Dec 24, 2009 at 8:14 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
Especially for outdoor venues or for brides who'll want outdoor pics after the ceremony: visit time and date.com to determine the sunset for your area, then discuss w/ your photographer the after-wedding pic timing, & add 5-10 minutes to the mix for delays, etc. Planning pics out prior, & taking wedding party pics prior to the wedding will shorten the after-wedding pics.

Married: 09/25/2010
Dec 24, 2009 at 8:30 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
Orig. I wanted an evening wedding... ceremony at 4pm, 1 hr cocktail hour to start at 4:45pm, dinner prob by 6-6:30pm.. dancing, dancing, dancing and prob cake around 8 or so.. 9pm basically everything would be over. HOWEVERRRR.. boooooo.. i'm doing an afternoon thing now because of price so my ceremony will be at 12:30pm..cocktail hour 1-2pm (assuming everything runs on time), food around 3:30pm i guess.. cake around 4-4:30pm... and then its over :/ it'll all be over before we know it!! aaaaah..! sorry.. i'm freaking out, LOL

Lang
Married: 12/13/2011
Oct 05, 2010 at 3:59 AM • Flag As Inappropriate

well prom is just around the corner and I'm in a really really huge money bind, so if anyone that resides in southern California, or is a prominent online bargain shopper, and you know great bargains for designer evening dresses .


Lang
Married: 12/13/2011
Oct 05, 2010 at 3:59 AM • Flag As Inappropriate

well prom is just around the corner and I'm in a really really huge money bind, so if anyone that resides in southern California, or is a prominent online bargain shopper, and you know great bargains for designer evening dresses .


fenny
Married: 07/07/2010
Jan 07, 2011 at 10:05 PM • 
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