Please help! Here is a brief timeline of our day:
Saturday Evening Wedding:
Late Morning/Early Afternoon -- Hair, makeup, pictures, etc.
4:30 or so-- Bridal party arrive at venue
5:00 - 6:00 -- First look at venue for pictures
6:30-7:00 -- On site ceremony
7:00-8:00 -- Cocktail hour
8:00-12:00 -- Reception ending at midnight
We booked our place in December and ever since then I feel like I should make everything start earlier so people will be able to leave earlier. What times do most weddings in New Jersey (with on site ceremony) end on a Saturday night?
Here is the problem -- My family and FI convinced me to start a little later because many people are coming from out of town (2 hours) and will be staying at a hotel. They told me to make sure that they have plenty of time to check-in, get ready, and take our hotel shuttle to the venue which is about 15 minutes away. We also want to do a first-look prior to the ceremony, which requires time to take pictures.
It is tricky because I am starting later for out of town people to have plenty of time, but at the same time if people choose not to stay at a hotel it is ending late to have a 2 hour drive home.
Do you think I should see if I could move the ceremony up?