So FI and I are really leaning towards a Friday night ceremony, as it will save us a huge chunk of money at our reception venue. I know Friday evening weddings are difficult for guests who are local and have to get off work (I'm thinking not so much for OOT guests because they'll probably be flying in on Thursday, anyways). I really wanted a 5PM start time, as our ceremony will most likely be a full Catholic mass and that takes 45 mins - an hour. I was kind of hoping for a cocktail hour starting at 6:30 at our venue (about a 10 minute drive), and 7:30 reception, giving the bridal party plenty of time to do formal pics together in the church/reception venue after the ceremony (FI and I do not want to see each other before the ceremony, so we will definitely be using at least an hour I'm assuming). My question is, do you think 5PM on a Friday is too early for the guests who work? Or do you think people will try to take a half day from work/day off that day? I don't want to seem presumptuous expecting my in-town guests to take leave time from work just for our wedding. Should we set a later start time? Thoughts? TIA!