(Closed) How long after your ceremony will your reception start?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How long after your ceremony is your reception?
    Immediately following : (29 votes)
    41 %
    Less than 1 hour : (12 votes)
    17 %
    1-2 hours : (18 votes)
    25 %
    2-3 hours : (7 votes)
    10 %
    3-4 hours : (4 votes)
    6 %
    4 or more hours : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2018

    We did cocktail hour immediately after ceremony and then reception immediatelyl after that!  Worked beautifully.  My husband and I were late to the cocktail reception as we finished up pictures but it was still a great transition period and everyone enjoyed it. 

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Ceremony starts at 2, ends approx. 2:45.  Cocktail Hour starts at 4:00 (it’s about 20 minute drive away)

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We also had cocktail hour immediately following the ceremony, then the reception after that.  Our ceremony and reception took place at the same venue, so people didn’t have to drive anywhere after the ceremony.  We purposely made it easy for our guests (and for ourselves!).  Wink

    Post # 6
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I’m the lone 4 or more- haha! We’re getting married at 11 am with a dinner later that evening.

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We are having a cocktail hour right after our ceremony and then the reception right after that

    Post # 8
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Our ceremony and reception are right next door to each other.. having a morning ceremony I’m considering having a “juice bar” (rather than cocktails) available directly following the ceremony so we have time for pictures and the guests can have a “drink”

    Post # 10
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Everything will be happening on the same location — ceremony, cocktail hour, reception…immediately following each event.

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    @awakemysoul: My wedding is DW, so it’s a bit different. They pretty much just tell you be here at this time.

    I think your time table is completely reasonable. Most of the weddings I’ve attended (and it’s been a lot) wrap up around 2 or 3 with cocktails at 5.

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    This is still up in the air (We have to talk to the pastor about the details) but we will be having our ceremony probably at 1:30pm, which will be 30 minutes or so.  Then greet all the guests as they come out of the church…so let’s say we will be out of there by 2:30pm or so.  Our cocktails start at 5pm, at the reception venue about 10-15 minutes away.  That gives a gap of about 2.5 hours.  We aren’t having a first look, so most of the photos will be done after the ceremony.

    Post # 13
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    We’re having a somewhat casual deal.  Ceremony starts at 12 and will probably be over by like 12:30, 12:45 at the latest. At 1 we’re going to have some lemonade/iced tea and cheese & crackers/crudite trays available. (We’re having a dry wedding). And at 2, the reception starts.

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee

    Our Ceremony starts at 2:00, its Catholic so it will last until 3:00 most likely and the Cocktail Hour will be at 4:00 with about a half hour drive between. I put in 1-2 hours, but with the drive its more like a 30 minutes down time.

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    We’re thinking of having our ceremony at 4:30, and the cocktails to start immediately after.  Dinner will start at about 6.  We’ll probably start our photos at about 1, so that should give us plenty of time before the ceremony.  We chose to have a later ceremony because we plan on having it at the same place as our reception.  That way, guests don’t have to leave to find something to do for a little while and then come back.

    Post # 16
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Our ceremony and reception locations are 10-20 minutes apart.  Our guests are welcome to head to the reception straight from the ceremony and we’ll probably be there within an hour.  We’re not doing a traditional cocktail hour, but we’ll have some sort of food availble for guests to munch on until we arrive and start dinner.

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