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Just Said Yes June 2021

Timing is everything!

Michelle, on January 21, 2021 at 9:56 AM Posted in Planning 0 3
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Good morning fellow brides-to-be!!
I am having a little bit of trouble with scheduling on the big day.
Our ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1pm. How long should it last? I need to also give a setup/breakdown time for the bartender and tables/chairs/tent😳. Now of course this is all given that we will be able to have a larger number of guests 😪😪😪. Has anyone hashed out these details yet? 😬Thank you so much in advance for all of your suggestions!! 💚

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Latest activity by Michelle, on January 21, 2021 at 4:35 PM
  • Biaani
    Expert May 2021
    Biaani ·
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    Hey Michelle! I know most places give a 2 hour setup time frame and 1 hour for clean up. So if your ceremony is at 1 pm maybe have them set up around 10:30 am to be safe. Ceremonies last around 30 min, unless you're doing a special tradition.

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    Expert September 2020
    Amanda ·
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    Ceremony length totally depends on your style/religion/personal preferences. I think my ceremony was 10 minutes in length but we basically just said our vows and the officiant read two readings. As far as setup/tear down, your vendors should be able to advise you on the amount of time they’ll need.
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
    Michelle ·
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    A religious ceremony can last anywhere from 30-60 minutes. A nonreligious lasts 5-30 minutes. It all depends on what you and the officiant agree on.


    The bartender should already know how much time they need for setup/tear down because they do this nearly every week as professionals. They just need to know the time they are allowed to go in.
    Your vendors do this for a living so they have timelines down to a science. They need to know what time the venue will allow them in.
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