Savvy August 2019

Wedding time

borntobeabill_2019, on April 9, 2019 at 6:55 AM Posted in Planning 0 34
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My FH and I are getting married outside in the summer. We don't want to be saying our "I Dos" when it's the hottest outside and neither of us are super early morning risers unless we absolutely have to be so we decided on a later afternoon wedding with a reception that goes all night. Are you having a morning, afternoon or evening wedding? How did you decide on your time?


  • Katie
    Super June 2019
    Katie ·
    Ours is afternoon, 2 PM. I would have liked to have had it at 3 but we're getting married in a church and they have a mass that it would have conflicted with. I think 3 or 4 would be good depending on how much time you want for pictures afterwards.
  • Angerra
    VIP August 2019
    Angerra ·
    I would choose a late afternoon time, after 4pm. Or if you live in the area where you'll be getting married, whenever you feel it's not as hot.

    Our ceremony starts at 5pm, but we'll be indoors.
  • Kristen
    VIP April 2020
    Kristen ·
    I would go with a bit later, maybe 4 or 5.

    My ceremony is at 3:30 but it is inside!

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  • borntobeabill_2019
    Savvy August 2019
    borntobeabill_2019 ·
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    We are getting married at 3:30. Doing first look pictures and a few afterwards.
  • borntobeabill_2019
    Savvy August 2019
    borntobeabill_2019 ·
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    We decided on a 3:30 start time.
  • Rose
    Dedicated August 2020
    Rose ·
    I’m having an evening wedding in August. Reception and ceremony are at the same place so ceremony will start around 430 and cocktail hour at 5. I wanted an evening wedding so that the reception goes into the night.
  • Future Mrs. H
    Rockstar September 2019
    Future Mrs. H ·

    Our venue actually recommends the time based off of the weather and time of year. For our September 28th ceremony, they recommended at 4 o'clock start, but we opted for 4:30, as the half-hour is supposed to be good luck. Because your wedding is mid-summer, I would recommend a 5:30-6 p.m. start time. Just don't make it too late, or your guests will get hungry

  • Danielle
    Master June 2019
    Danielle ·

    We are having a 5pm ceremony at the end of June. The ceremony is outdoors, and the reception (at the same location) is indoors. We will be providing fans and water bottles to our guests during the ceremony to keep them cool. Hopefully it'll only last about 30 minutes max. Then they can migrate into the AC for the reception.

  • Mandy
    VIP May 2019
    Mandy ·

    We're doing a 5pm ceremony middle of May. I wanted a later time to be able to take sunset photos (sunset about 8:30). I didn't want to go too early and have everyone eating dinner at 4pm but also didn't want everyone to eat at 9.

  • Sinéad
    WeddingWire Administrator January 2025
    Sinéad Online ·

    Hey! It’s a great idea to have an afternoon wedding, you won’t have to rush around in the early morning trying to get ready. You can arrive at your ceremony relaxed and ready for your afternoon/evening. Will your reception also take place outside?

  • borntobeabill_2019
    Savvy August 2019
    borntobeabill_2019 ·
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    Reception is at the same place, outside as well. We will have a tent with fans
  • Allie
    Rockstar August 2019
    Allie ·

    We are having a 6PM ceremony outside. We chose this time because we wanted to have dinner and dancing right after.

  • Future Mrs. Polar Bear
    Super April 2019
    Future Mrs. Polar Bear ·

    Early Afternoon (Noon).

    It was one of the times that was available, ha! Gives me enough time to get dressed and ready, but also have the rest of the day to have fun with our guests

  • Danielle
    Savvy February 2021
    Danielle ·

    We are getting married in the winter so we do not have to worry about the heat. We are getting married on a Friday though so the venue is nice enough to let us have the ceremony start at 7:30 PM, and then go into cocktail hour and reception at 8 PM and lasts until 1 AM. They are letting us do that so people that have to work do not have to rush to get there. Since you are getting married in the summer and do not want to wake up early or be outside in the heat, do it late afternoon/early evening when the sun starts setting. It would be beautiful to have your ceremony as the sun is setting and then once it sets the party can start lol

  • Melissa
    Rockstar September 2019
    Melissa ·
    I believe they scheduled us around 6 as that is the standard but I think we will push it up to 5 or 5:30 so that we can get some quick sunset pictures after the ceremony
  • Krystin
    Expert October 2019
    Krystin ·

    Wedding 4:30PM

    Reception 5:30 PM to midnight.

    Basically this is the normal times for our area- I've never known any different.

  • FutureMrsN14
    Super July 2018
    FutureMrsN14 ·
    I would have preferred to do mine later (because of summer heat) like 5/5:30 but we had to do 4:30 due to end time at the venue. It was still perfect I’m not a morning person either but we still had to arrive at 8am for hair and makeup!
  • Catherine
    Savvy April 2020
    Catherine ·

    Our wedding will start at 4:30pm until 5:00pm, it is outdoors but underneath a large shelter, and in April!

  • Janiya
    Expert June 2020
    Janiya ·

    We're getting married June 25th and our venue, NOAH'S Event Venue has a ceremony space that is both indoors and outdoors. We plan to have an evening ceremony to start around 5:30 PM, have cocktail hour to start around 6 PM until about 6:45 PM. and jump right into the reception at about 7 PM

  • FutureMrsD
    Legend July 2019
    FutureMrsD ·

    Our wedding is July 20 of this year in Colorado. The high that day is around 75-80. Our wedding will be at 5:00 PM!

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