(Closed) Best time for a ceremony and reception

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
Hostess
8580 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Are you only offering a cocktail hour? Anywhere in the 4:30+ on range takes place during dinnertime hours, and guests are normally served a sit down dinner.

Post # 5
Hostess
8580 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Is your ceremony starting at 3? So its an hour and a half long? Is it catholic? It’s a very long ceremony.

 

Post # 6
Member
1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@asb983:  That’s exactly how ours is:

3pm ceremony at the church (about 1 hour long); followed by receiving line

5:30pm cocktail hour at the venue (which is 2 blocks from the church)

6:30pm sit-down dinner and reception

Typically people don’t like gaps on the Bee, but we’re having the wedding in Center City Philly, so there’s plenty to do (not to mention checking into and chilling at the hotel, since the hotel is the reception site).

Post # 8
Member
3157 posts
Sugar bee

I don’t think you should have that much time between the ceremony and the reception. Guest generally don’t like to wait that long.

We are having the ceremony and reception at FI’s parent’s house among family only. I think we will have under 40 guest. Ceremony starts at 6, cocktail hour starts at 6:30, and dinner is at 7:30. We are doing no dancing though and a very small wedding, so it’s a different prespective. Ideally, I wanted the wedding at 11:30, cocktail hour at 12, and lunch at 1, but that time didn’t work out for everyone.

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