Post # 1
My fiancee and I are trying to find a venue that will allow us to have a afternoon ceremony, around 2 pm, and an evening reception. Do places still allow this? We only seem to be able to find places, that we love!, that will do afternoon from 11-4 or evening from 530/630 – 1 am. Otherwise we wil have to choose two different locations. Do all you bees know if venues will somehow let you have the ceremony and reception throughout the whole day, even with these time contrictions? Or know of any places ( not hotel venues ) that still do this!
Post # 3
May I ask why you want the times spread out so much? What will your guests be doing during that time?
Post # 4
you should probably post this on your local board if you want a recommendation of a place.
To answer your first question, though, yes, there are places that will rent the whole location for the day to you. Something to think about, though, is that if everything is at one place, what will your guests do during that gap time? Typically if there is a gap, there are two different locations, allowing guests time to travel between venues, go to their hotel and rest/change, grab a beer, whatever. Guests could certainly do that if everything is at the same place, but as a guest, I would feel like it’s a little strange to show up somewhere for a ceremony at 2, and then have to kill three or four hours to go back to the exact same spot.
We’re having an afternoon ceremony at 2:30 and an evening reception at 6:30, but at two different locations about 10 minutes from each other.
Post # 5
@chelseajean: Those places definitely exist, though you have to remember they will typically come with a higher pricetag, as you are using it all day.
As a guest though, this sounds like a terrible idea. I wouldn’t want to have to hang around for hours waiting.
Post # 6
Thanks so much @andielovesj and @STL.Ashley for your advice!
We were wanting to do pictures and a cocktail hour in between, maybe not as much of a gap, even 3pm or so would do, we just can’t seem to find places that allow any earlier than 530, which we find to be a little late for the ceremony.
We are considering doing 2 different locations now, but they are not close to eachother! Do you think this would be a problem? As not all out of town guests will have a car to get around, which is why we didn’t want 2 locations. Rather just have 1.
Is it better to have 2 different locations, with a time gap in between so that people can go change/nap/have a drink whatever, compared to having an evening ceremoy and reception right after ?
Post # 7
@chelseajean: Ideally you shouldn’t have any gap. But I think most people accept that there will be a short gap. I would say 1 hour max. Enough time to drive between the venues, freshen up the lipstick and go. During this time there will ideally be snacks and drinks available for free.
It isn’t polite to expect people to want to come out to celebrate you, and then wait around for you to thank them with the reception.
The best weddings I’ve been to have been in the same location with no gaps. Just right into the reception space. The couple has completed most of their pictures ahead of time, and have taken off to take a few pics during the cocktail hour.