*New Weddingbee and in need of advice! *

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
42101 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@-Lemonpie-:  Most weddings have some sort of gap between the ceremony and reception, especially Catholic weddings.

I don’t mind the gap as long as I know about it ahead of time, so I can plan how I am going to manage my time.

Are there bars, coffee houses etc in the area? You might want to include that information on a separate card with your invitations, or refer your guests to your website for that information.

Post # 4
534 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@-Lemonpie-:  I agree with @julies1949.  My family is Catholic and when I was a kid I never realized there were weddings that *didn’t* have a gap.

If you’re really concerned about it, can you do something at your reception venue that will start a little earlier?  Maybe an extended cocktail hour or something?  Or plan some other event — you’re near Chicago, so maybe there’s some touristy stuff your guests can do in between?

Post # 5
5769 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

That gap is waaaayyyyyy too long, especially for out-of-towners or those considering taking taxis to avoid drinking and driving. They’d basucally be stuck with nothing to do and too much time to kill but not enough time to go do something. Start the reception earlier, for the comfort of your guests. They are putting themselves through a lot to be there, so make it as convenient and comfortable as possible for them. 


Post # 6
137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@Horseradish:  I have to disagree with this one. That gap isn’t too long and is very common in certain circles. Enough time to even head back to a hotel, go for a coffee, sit and talk. Could be worse

Post # 7
5769 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@kearaaaaaa:  just because it’s common doesn’t mean it is at all fair to the guests.

as a guest, a 2.5 or 3 hour gap sucks and it’s really the hostess’ job to make sure her guests don’t have a sucky time.

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