You’ve started wedding planning and you reached the point where you need to pick a ceremony time and you might be asking yourself, what ceremony time should I even choose? What are the options?
When planning a wedding, one of the most important decisions is choosing the time for the ceremony. The time you choose can affect LITERALLY everything from the atmosphere, to the availability of vendors, and so much more!
But don’t worry we’ve got you! Here are the most frequently asked questions we’ve gotten about wedding ceremony times:
The best time for a wedding ceremony depends on a so many factors, including the season, location, and of course personal preferences. Normally, weddings are held in the late afternoon or early evening, between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. This allows for your guests to arrive with ample time, the ceremony to take place, and for the reception to follow. However, morning weddings are also becoming more popular, especially for outdoor weddings in the summer!
A wedding ceremony typically lasts between 20-30 minutes, depending on the type of ceremony and the customs and traditions that are included in the ceremony. It’s important to keep in mind that the ceremony is just one part of the wedding day, you’ll want to allow plenty of time for photos, transportation if your ceremony and reception are at different locations, and of course the reception!
Yes, this one is super important! If you’re having an outdoor ceremony, you’ll want to time it so that you have enough daylight for the ceremony and photos. You also want to make sure that the sunset isn’t directly behind you during your ceremony because it will affect your pictures! Make sure to research the sunset time for your wedding date and plan accordingly.
We recommend that you send out your wedding invitations 6-8 weeks in advance of the wedding date. This gives guests enough time to make travel arrangements, RSVP, and plan accordingly. If you’re having a destination wedding or your guests will need to make significant travel arrangements, you may want to send invitations even earlier, up to 3 months in advance!
Ultimately, there is no right or wrong answer for this one! The right ceremony time is what works best for you and your partner. Consider factors such as the season, the availability of your preferred vendors, and the schedule of your guests.
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