Post # 1
My wedding is in NJ but most of the groom’s friends are coming from Maryland. Is 3 hours too long of a gap between the cermony and the reception? The ceremony I’m considering is a lunch cruise. Then we would have dinner later that evening at the reception.
Post # 3
Yes, I think that is long….your guest will start getting restless. I was at a wedding like that one time. I was soooooooooo ready to go, I thought the wait was crazy. Everyone was hungry.
Post # 4
Can you put together something for them to do in the meantime? (Even if they are basically on their own, can you provide them with suggestions, etc.?)
We will be having a 4-5 hour gap between our midday ceremony (Catholic church, it’s our home parish & definitely the place we wanted to have it, & we got the date that was *way* better than our other options – but they already had a 2pm wedding scheduled and then there are confessions and Sat. evening Mass, so we were stuck with an early slot) and our evening reception.
Fortunately, most of our guests are traveling to our city from out-of-town, many will be first-time visitors, and our church and reception site are in a cool downtown area with lots to do in a few block radius. We will be putting an extra page at the end of the program with recommendations for things to see/do, directions for how to find stuff, handing out downtown-area maps, etc. So, we are basically turning our guests loose for several hours between the ceremony and reception, but we are pretty confident that it will work out well under the circumstances. Could you do something like that?
Post # 5
I have a wedding coming up with a 3 hour gap, and to be honest I’m kind of dreading it. :/ It’s not the worst thing in the world but it is annoying for the guests IMO.