Catholic Gap Schedule?

posted 3 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
7630 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

I think 6 to midnight could be good. You could serve dinner at 7 after everyone gets settled. 

Post # 4
2111 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@nayandshawn:  In our family, the ceremony is in the early afternoon and the reception starts around 7 and goes until everyone gets tired.

Post # 5
1 posts
  • Wedding: September 2014

Our ceremony starts ar 1, coctail hour at 5, and reception from 6-11. So I’m right with you! 

Post # 6
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Our ceremony was 1pm-2pm  We had (what we called) an “informal receiving line” right after the ceremony in the church atrium. It lasted until about 2:30/2:45

Our cocktail hour started at 4:30, dinner at 6 (tables were upstairs, so people were going up to their tables around 5:40), and the dancing went until midnight.  (but a number of the “older crowd” left well before midnight.) so I guess I didn’t follow the 6 hour rule. We made the cocktail hour start earlier because we were concerned about too long of a gap. the gap for most people ended up being a little under 2 hours. 

No one at all was bothered by the gap or the long reception. However, I do come from a family/ group of friends/geographical area where a gap of a few hours (or longer!) and a reception that goes until midnight is the norm. 99% of the weddings I have attended over the years have been this way, so we were just following that format haha. 

Post # 7
1193 posts
Bumble bee

@nayandshawn:  Our ceremony is at 2pm. We are having the shuttles pick everyone up from the hotel at 530 and our cocktail hour starts at 6. We have the space til midnight as well.


Post # 8
1566 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014


Here’s my schedule:

2 pm Ceremony

3:15 pm photos/travel

4 pm cocktail hour

4:45 pm *husband* and I have private dinner in our room

5 pm everyone goes into ballroom & *husband* and I are introduced

9 pm reception ends & afterparty/ies start! Guests can either go home, up to my parents’ suite, or over to the pub with the wedding party 


I like that the reception ends at 9 pm, that means that most of my friends with kids will be able to fully enjoy themselves and that it’s not too late to go out afterwards! There’s a great craft beer bar around the corner that we plan on afterpartying at for a bit and then heading back to our suite before midnight.

Post # 9
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@nayandshawn:  We got married at a catholic church at 4pm. The cocktail hour didnt start until 6:30pm, so we rented a museum for people to view. Luckily our reception was held at that museum, so it wasn’t a big deal. I went to a wedding where they rented a shuttle bus to take people around the city. 

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