(Closed) How much time between ceremony and reception?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
110 posts
Blushing bee

Are you having the wedding where you live or is it destination?

If you’re having the wedding local and don’t have lots of out of town guests, later would be better.  Some people will still go to work on your wedding day and wouldn’t be able to make it that early.  Having the ceremony before 7pm basically guarantees that your guests are going to have to take time off.  Your guests will need time to get home and change, some people may want showers or have longer commutes which adds even more time that they need before they can come to the wedding.  Personally, if we were close friends or you were family, I wouldn’t mind taking the time off for you, but it we weren’t that close, I would probably skip your wedding if it were at 3pm on a work day.

If it’s a destination wedding, that’s different.  Everyone will be there and have the day free anyway, so party it up as early as you want!

Post # 5
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think it is a good idea to leave travel time plus an hour for photos inbetween the ceremony and at the reception.  If you are having a cocktail hour, then it could work to do photos during that hour while your guests are snacking.  In that case you can include just travel time.  e 

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