Post # 1
Would love to have a Catholic Ceremony, but like many folks, I’m trying to figure out the logistics for the Catholic Gap. I’ve seen a bunch of sample schedules to account for an early church ceremony, but not many have talked about what time their reception ends. I think i read somewhere that you shouldn’t hold your guests hostage for more than 6 hours? Thoughts, opinions, experiences? Anyone want to share your schedule whether you decided to do a gap or not and including end times?
FYI – Ceremony is an hour and starts at 2. We can have access to the reception hall whenever we want and can go until midnight.
Thanks in advance to whoever responds. I know that this topic has been beat to death, but curious about end times.
Post # 3
I think 6 to midnight could be good. You could serve dinner at 7 after everyone gets settled.
Post # 4
@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
Our ceremony starts ar 1, coctail hour at 5, and reception from 6-11. So I’m right with you!
Post # 6
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
@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
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
@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.
Post # 10
Thanks to all who already responded! This is my first post on Wedding Bee and wasn’t sure if I’d get responses. So many great ideas and I love seeing what everyone’s schedule looks like.
@nadnuck – We LOVE the idea to eat during the gap since I’ve heard that many times the bride and groom don’t during the reception!
@nowandlater – Renting a shuttle for guests to tour the city is also a great idea. Considering that as an option. So cool that you are able to get married in a museum! I would have loved to do that.
@honorarynerd – I guess it’s not a bad idea to leave the end time open and see how it goes. I wonder if we can extend the dj’s hours on the spot. hmmmm…