We're planning to have a 7 p.m. candlelight wedding ceremony followed by a reception with a sit-down dinner. We've had a few people say they thought that was too late for dinner. But due to the church's time constraints, we can't have the wedding ceremony any earlier. What should we do?
If the wedding ceremony is at 7 p.m., the reception dinner can start around 8 p.m. -- as long as the wedding reception site isn't too far away. You could simply forego the cocktail hour and launch right into supper. Besides, dinnertime technically falls between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. -- so really, you're in the clear. If your guests really think a later dinner is going to be a problem, they can simply have a snack before they arrive.
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