May 2013 Weddings

May Wedding Ceremony Start Time

We are getting married by a lake in NC and need to decide a good start time for our ceremony. Can anyone help me with some ideas? Thanks ladies :

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  • We're getting married outside in SC on May 25th, and we're having a 4pm start time.  Or 4:30.  I'm not 100% sure yet.  
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  • FLGatorGal88FLGatorGal88 member
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    What is your wedding date? Depending on the day it could determine when your ceremony should start. We are getting married on May 26 which is a Sunday  and we were thinking about starting our ceremony at 4:30pm ending at 10:00.
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  • SwazzleSwazzle New Jersey member
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    I'm getting married on a Saturday and our ceremony will be at 6pm.



  • Our ceremony is at 4 pm and the cocktail hour/reception (about a half hour away) starts at 6.
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  • We're on a Friday. Ceremony staring at 6:30. Reception ending at 11:30. We wanted the ceremony to start in enough time to get some pics done at sundown.
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  • melb2013melb2013 member
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    Religious leaders sometimes dictate the ceremony time for a variety of reasons, so I'd check into that.  That's not an issue if you are having a non-religious ceremony.  Also, the day of week affects that too.  We're getting married on a Saturday and our ceremony is at 5:30, cocktail hour 6-7, reception 7-11:30

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  • Our wedding is Saturday, May 25 and while the ceremony time isn't 100% set in stone yet, we're are most likely going to go with a 4:30 ceremony (outside) with a 5-6 cocktail hour & 6-10 reception.
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  • We're getting married Friday May 31 and our ceremony starts at 6pm :)
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  • May 27 at 4:30....where in NC? :)
  • Thanks so much ladies : It is Saturday May 25 and its on Lake Wylie but the address is Charlotte, NC. We have our venue until midnight, and I had no clue for a good start time. Your ideas helped tons :
  • Take your ceremony time into account when planning a time-line. We're having communion at our service (not Catholic, Methodist, but FI wants communion) so we're having a 3pm start and cocktail hr 5-6.

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    [QUOTE]Thanks so much ladies : It is Saturday May 25 and its on Lake Wylie but the address is Charlotte, NC. We have our venue until midnight, and I had no clue for a good start time. Your ideas helped tons :
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    Love Charlotte! Hopefully we'll head that way before summer ends to go to Carowinds.
  • We are getting married on 18th of May which is a Saturday. Ours is formal wedding at 5:30pm and reception end at 11:3012:00. I think it depends on what you and FI want.
  • We're on Sunday the 26th (Memorial Day weekend), and we are thinking about doing a 5:30 ceremony, 6-7 cocktail hour, and 7-10:30 reception. We are doing our ceremony and reception in the same place, and our venue only gives us 5 hours :-( That seems so short to me, so we may shell out the extra money to extend the reception.

    Do we need to do a full cocktail hour, or could we cut it down to a half hour to have more dancing time later on?
  • We are getting married Friday , May 17 at 6pm.  Cocktail hour from 7p-8p.  Reception will end at 12 midnight.
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