August is really hot in Cabo so I'd go with the suggested 5 p.m. ceremony time. The later you can have it, the better. Plus, if you are planning to have photographs before the ceremony, this will give you enough time to get ready and have photographs done prior to the ceremony. Just make sure you've got things to touch up after your photographs in prep for the ceremony as I imagine if you're outside you will be hot.
My ceremony started at 4:30 (was planned for 4 but everything ran late, which actually ended up being perfect in the whole scheme of things). We did photographs during cocktail hour which ran about an hour long. I didn't mind being away from my guests that much because we were scheduled to have the reception site till 10 p.m. and considering I only had about 20 guests, there would be plenty of time for mingling.
I started my make-up around noon (I did this myself), and the hair stylists came shortly thereafter. I was supposed to be ready by 3:15 and after some photos and a bit of chaos, I ended up heading down to the ceremony site close to 4. I had to wait around a bit, hiding somewhere because they couldn't figure out the sound system, so when all was said and done the ceremony started at 4:30. Everything took about 35 minutes and then we took a whole bunch of photos with the guests and then just us while the guests went to cocktail hour. At about 5:50 we started the reception festivities and dinner was served at 6:30 p.m.
Before the wedding day I was obsessed about the schedule and the timing, but on the day of the wedding the only thing I was concerned about was not having the ceremony run too late so as to miss the sunset in our photos between the ceremony and the dinner. But as I said, everything worked out perfectly and the schedule I had made up actually was never looked at again during the event. Once one thing is set in motion, everything else just falls into place. But that's also just me. I'm not a stickler for schedules so if you are, I'm not sure this will be of any help.
But the most important thing to remember is what's going to help you get through the day with the least amount of stress? Seriously. Almost everything I planned was focused around minimizing my stress and my then-fiance's stress.
Originally Posted by paulastuart
We are getting married at the Sheraton on 3rd of August 2012. We are super excited about it and we are trying to sort out how the day will run. I would really like to have the ceremony at say 4.00pm so that we can then go straight to cocktail hour before having the dinner starting at 6.30-7.00pm, but as the venue suggested 5.00pm for the ceremony I wonder whether the temperature will be far too hot for us to have it at 4.00pm. Can anybody help me with this?
I've never been to Mexico so I've been relying so heavily on this forum and appreciate you advice so much! Can anybody else give me their plans as to how their day ran? i.e. when hair/makeup was done, when photographs were done (because I'm thinking of getting ours done before the ceremony so that we can enjoy the time with our guests without being away from them between the ceremony and the dinner.