Hi all! We are flip-flopping over our ceremony start time. We have three options; 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm (no flex in those). We haven’t really given consideration to, and have eliminated, 1pm as an option.
Things to note: our date is October 19, 2024 and we are located an hour or so out of Toronto, Ontario. And we are doing a first look followed by family photos before the ceremony. We anticipate a good number of people will be staying over. We don’t expect a whole lot of time being spent on speeches. We need to shut down by 1 am
3pm- allows for more reception time and avoids cramping that bit - as October can be a wild card for weather, it allows for the outdoor ceremony to hopefully be held at a ‘warmer’ / more comfortable time of day for guests- guests cannot check into the hotel first as check in is at 4 with no guaranteed early check in which leaves guests unable to freshen up in their own space upon arrival and leaves them to figure out when to best check (I.e., cocktail hour but that takes them away from things or at the end of the night)
5pm- tighter / less reception time yet we still want to make sure our guests have time to enjoy the “party” piece of it and not rush dinner. - may be too cool now to enjoy cocktail hour on the patio- guests can conveniently check in and remain with us for the entire festivities - we can join our guests for cocktails as most photos will have already been taken