Post # 1
The church we are looking at having our ceremony at only does weddings at 1pm! Eeek! Most of our guests will be from out of town, and our wedding will be in a city that is about 45 minutes from where most of my family lives, all of my fiance’s family will be from several hours away. How do we work the timing? I’m guessing that the service will be about an hour, then about 30 minutes for the posed family photos. So that ends up being about 2:30, then what? Our reception venue is about 2 blocks from the church, and we will have access for it all day, but it seems like a really long time to hang around, and honestly a bit early for cocktail hour…and also a super long time if the reception lasts until 11 or 12 pm…
I’m sure this is normal for most churches, and it gives my fiance and I plenty of time for photos, but not a whole lot of unfilled time for out-of-town relatives! Did anyone else have this kind of timing? Is this normal? Am I fretting about nothing?
Post # 3
We are having our wedding at 1pm at a Catholic Church, and our main reception at 7/8 in the evening. Immediately after the ceremony, we are serving some cold drinks and tea, and some cookies or warm pretzels or something simple, for about an hour, also a few blocks from the Church, then people will reassemble in the evening.
Just set a start time for the reception; gaps are pretty normal – go do all the photos you want during that time, and spend some extra time with just your family and wedding party.
Post # 4
Its referred to as the “catholic gap” most catholic churches only do early afternoon weddings. I had a 3 hour gap between the ceremony and reception.(i purposely moved the reception up so i did not have too long of a gap.) We had a lot of out of town guests. What we did was book a conference room in the hotel where we blocked off rooms. We had refreshments and what not there. People were welcome to come and go. and some just checked into their htoel room and just relaxed for a little while.
Post # 5
@Spitfire: Our ceremony will be at 2:30 pm. Since we will be having mass, it will take about an hour. Our reception is 30 mins away. The restaurant is granting us early access to take photos with our guests. Then dinner starts at 5 pm.
Post # 7
Unfortunately our mass is at 12 and our reception is at 5. However everyone understands that our church will not do a ceremony later than that. I was upset about it but now I’m over it and our guests are too.
Post # 8
@mrsjn: That’s a fantastic idea! We do have our venue all day, which is 2 blocks from the church, so we could set something up there as well.
@Duncan: Yes, you are right. 🙂 Thanks for talking me down!
@Autumnsnow: After reading the responses, I’ve realized its pretty common. Acceptance and moving on is the best course of action 🙂