- 4 years ago
- Wedding: June 2014
Ours was 2 hours, it was same place as ceremony and we had cocktails and passed appetizers and a band playing. our ceremony ended at 4, everyone was sat for dinner at around 5:30 and dinner started at 6
It depends on if there is anything to do around your venue. Can you organize some tee times at the golf course? Or suggested self-guided walking/hiking tours? Are there stores/museums/something else next to your venue? Can you arrange a bus tour of the town/area? Is there a spa at the country club? What about organizing a bunch of different lawn games for people starting at 3? You don’t have to have a full on cocktail hour – it could just be lemonade and iced tea – and you can state that it’s “optional” so people know it’s a casual event. Then you can keep your 4:30 pm cocktail hour.
At a minimum, I would definitely come up with a list of suggested activities, even if your guests have to organize it themselves.
@jeffersonwedding: i had the same situation as you in my recent wedding. wedding 2:00-3:15(let’s be honest we started a bit late) and the cocktail hour did not start until 6:30. since i was bussing everyone anyway from the hotel (which was verrrrrry near the reception area, walking distance) to the church, i had the bus makes 2 stops on the way back– one at the hotel, and another at a nearby (awesome) beer garden. i should note that the beer garden had food and a full bar and was kid friendly. i had 1 bus wait at the beer garden and then bring people back to the hotel and i had a designated “trip leader” that announced the stops and that people could ask questions, as well as an insert in the program describing both stops.
so yeah, i had a 3 hour ish gap but from the facebook pics and guest chatter people had a GREAT time. as long as you provide “options” and a sort of “excursion leader” i think it’s possible to use your gap to create some good memories!