(Closed) Reception Time

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

My best friend got married last year, and her wedding was at 12 noon with the reception starting at 6.  It worked out pretty well because the wedding was the traditional Catholic ceremony (so fairly long) and then it gave us plenty of time in between to travel to 2 different locations for pictures.

 My wedding will be at 2 with reception at 6 and I’m wondering how we will fit everything in!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

Long times in between works out well for the wedding party, but for the guests its a little annoying.  they have to find something to do for a long period and if they are out of town guests and their hotel is far from the reception they end up spending time driving all over.  If you can, have the reception immediately after or within an hour.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2007

I agree that its great for the wedding party but sucky for the guests.  Both my sisters had receptions at mid-afternoon and while its was not quite the same as a night party it worked out very well.  The only other thing I can think of if you want a night reception is a Catholic ceromony should be finished by 1:30-2:00, them make the reception at say 7pm or 8pm.  That gives people time to do stuff.  However, you might need to be prepared for people only coming to the reception. 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

My wedding is at 2 and we’re looking to have our reception at about 4-4:30.  Gives enough time for the ceremony, the driving to the reception and getting situated.

 

I think having a big gap can be a bit of a problem. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

My ceremony is at 6, and the cocktail hour starts immediately after (6:30) then reception from 7:30 – 11:30.  I can’t stand taking pictures, so <1 hour is plenty.  I specifically sought out a site where we could have both ceremony/reception closeby because I have been annoyed by long breaks in the past.  It is OK if the majority of your guests are local, but I think it is not ideal for out of town guests to have more than 2 hours break.  If you must have a long break in between, make sure to give suggestions of things to do or local attractions. 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2008

we’re having a catholic mass at 2 and the cocktail hour will start at 4. we’ll arrive at 5– plenty of time for pictures and no lag time for the guests.

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