I’m getting married in Oct 22 and sunset is at 6:30. We have guest arrival at 5 and ceremony from 5:30-6:00. Then cocktail hour until 7. We aren’t doing a first look so I’m worried about photos but we are just going to make it work.
October 30th in San Diego, CA. Our ceremony is at 2pm on the beach. Sunset is at 6pm that day. So our reception will end at 6:30pm. We didn’t want a sunset ceremony because we’re having a cocktail style reception on the rooftop of the hotel, overlooking the ocean. This way, everyone will get to experience the sunset from the top, then mingle for another 30 minutes as the reception ends.
2pm in IL for sunset 6:45ish end of October. I’m having a Sunday wedding so can’t start too late. We can always sneak away for pictures during the reception.
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It’s very common for the guest arrival time listed on the invitation to be before the ceremony start time. If you start the wedding at the exact time listed on the invite someone who is running 5 min late will miss or interrupt it. You also need to provide guest time to find their seats and get settled. We will have welcome drinks so we have a 30 min gap between guest arrival and ceremony start.
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My photographer suggested, since I’m in the same boat, doing bride with her family / bridesmaides before ceremony, we well as groom wirh his family / groomsman. That way after ceremony you can have enough time for just you and your husband / pics of everyone togather
My wedding is at 3. Cocktail hour at 4 (right up the street from church). We’ll be doing pics right after ceremony, during cocktail hour then head over to venue. The reception starts around 5. I think if the sun sets at 6:24 pm so plenty of time.
I've attended dozens of weddings and I've never see anyone list a "guest arrival time" on an invitation. we started our wedding at the exact time listed on the invitation and no one was late. if the ceremony starts at 5, guests should know to be there early enough to get a seat. all you have to do is have someone lock the doors so no one can get in past the start time.
Wow that's interesting and the exact opposite of my experience. I've literally never been to a wedding that started at the time listed on the invite. It's so fascinating how we all have different experiences. I guess this when "know your guest" comes into play.