Catholic Church Ceremony & Reception timing

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@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.

 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013
Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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.

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