(Closed) In Between (time post-ceremony and pre-reception) – Your Plans?

posted 5 years ago in Michigan – Tri-Cities and Northeast Michigan
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Sugar bee

We have a big ol’ fat Catholic gap of about 4-5 hours. Scandale!

Fortunately for us, our church and reception site (hotel where many OOT guests will be staying) are only a few blocks away from each other in a great downtown area full of restaurants, shops, museums, and other local attractions. Also, a good chunk of our guests will be visiting our city from out of town, many of them for the first time.

FI and I decided to add an extra page to the program (hey, it’s already a booklet anyway, with the new Mass responses, all the music, etc.). At the back it will say, “So … the wedding’s over, the reception doesn’t start until 5:30 – now what?” Then we’ll have a list of recommendations and suggestions (with directions and info on any costs/ticket prices/etc) of ways guests can entertain themselves. There will be some right in the neighborhood (restaurants, museums, historical sites), some around town (botanical gardens, zoo, historic carousel), and a few a little farther out (winery, brewery that give tours) depending on how far people want to venture.

We’re also including a note on that page about having our receiving line at the beginning of the reception, rather than at the end of the ceremony (we need to clear out of the church because there is another wedding following ours!). Something along the lines of “Mr. & Mrs. NewName look forward to greeting their guests at 5:30 in the lobby of the Reception Venue Hotel. We will be eager to hear how you spent your afternoon – come prepared to tell us that you did something fun!”

Not sure if any of these ideas are useful to you in your situation, but I hope something will turn out to be helpful.

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