I am currently debating between ceremony times of 12pm or 6pm as these are the only times available at the church. My dilemma is that there are pros and cons to both times and I'm not sure which is better.
The 12pm time would mean that that the ceremony would finish around 1ish and the guests have the opportunity to walk around and explore the area; however, it also means that they would have to burn possibly 4-5 hours doing something prior to the reception. The pros would mean that we could take pictures around the area and in the gardens because there is still light out. Dinner would likely have to be earlier (maybe 5 or 6ish), but there are more venue options available (guests could travel 30 miles away to raleigh for the reception).
The 6pm time would make it easier for the guests as I would likely choose a reception venue that is closer to the church (however, it limits the venues to only those that have a higher price tag). The other dilemma that I have with the later time is that there are other places that we would like to take photos at as a newlywed that would likely be impossible since it will be dark once the ceremony is over. Also, there may be more of a crunch in terms of time if we want to start dinner at 8pm. We would really like to have a dinner reception with all the folks that are coming in town to celebrate with us rather than just a light snacks and refreshment type of thing after an afternoon wedding.
What do yall think?