How Long Is A Wedding Ceremony

A Wedding Ceremony can last between 30 minutes to 6 hours. It depends on the activities that you plan on that day. The below graph consists of key actions that a wedding reception can have and the approximate time that those can take. 

ActivityTime
Church ( Catholic with mass)1 and 1/2 Hours
Church ( Catholic without mass)45 Minutes
Church (Anglican)1 Hour
Church (Orthodox)45 Minutes
Church of England30 -40 Minutes
Photographs45 Minutes – 1 Hour
Speeches 30 Minutes
Drinks / Cocktails1 – 1 1/2 Hours
Dinner2 Hours
Music / Dancing2 – 3 Hours

So when you look at the above list, you can see that a simple registration can be done within 30 minutes. A fully-fledged party will go for hours and hours. If you have booked a venue/hotel, you will have time restrictions that you need to adhere to, but you will have an extended period if you do your reception at your home. 

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How Long Is A Catholic Wedding Ceremony

Catholic wedding ceremonies will take at least a minimum 1 Hour. If it is associated with mass, then it will go beyond 1 and ½ hours. The given time is valid only if it is a church wedding, and when you add photography and refreshments, I would say it will take at least 3 hours. 

How Long Is A Jewish Wedding Ceremony

Jewish weddings have four parts: the Reception (Kabbalat Panim), The Ceremony ( Chuppah), Dinner & Dance. Dancing plays an integral part in Jewish weddings and will go for hours. So, on average, a Jewish wedding will last between 3 – 5 hours. Some ceremonies might go up to 6 hours.

How Long Is A Methodist Wedding Ceremony

The Church ceremony is short and will last for 30 – 45 minutes. And if you are only doing the church wedding, everything will be over within 30 minutes. But most weddings will have a reception to follow, which will add additional hours depending on the activities lined up.

How Long Is A Traditional Hindu Wedding Ceremony

Traditional Hindu wedding consists of multiple events that lead to several days. Traditional Hindu wedding ceremonies will last between 3 – 5 days. The reception/ party will happen on the last day, which will go on for more than 5 hours. The activities in the first few days are all traditional religious stuff where only the close relations of the bride and groom participate. As a guest, you need to be prepared to stay for a long time if you plan to attend a traditional Hindu wedding.

How Long Is A Greek Orthodox Wedding Ceremony

A traditional Greek wedding reception in the church will last between 45 minutes to 1 hour. But with modern traditions coming in, Greek weddings go beyond this threshold and sometimes go on for hours with drinks/ music and dancing happening after the church ceremony.

How Long Is A Traditional Irish Wedding Ceremony 

The church function with communion will last for 60 minutes, and without communion, everything will be over within 30 minutes. But most weddings will follow a wedding reception which will go on for several hours. 

How Long Is A Traditional Chinese Wedding Ceremony 

Like Hindu weddings, the Chinese wedding procession practices a long process of traditions. A typical Chinese wedding will go up to 3 days. Still, most modern weddings will be completed within one day with a limited number of traditions practiced. But still, it will take more than 4 hours to complete. So, if you are planning to go to a Chinese wedding, make sure that you leave at least half a day aside. 

How Long Is A Japanese Wedding Ceremony 

A Japanese wedding ceremony will last for 20 -30 minutes, but it will follow up with a reception which will last for around 2 hours.

Given above are some examples from different countries and how long is a wedding ceremony. But with globalization, all traditional ceremonial activities are being modernized and updated so that things can be done in the most efficient way.