Weddin that we are attending has 2 hour gap between ceremony and reception…

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
42117 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@mrscross1020:  It depends. If we travelled for the wedding, we have gone for drinks, done some sight seeing,or  gone back to the hotel to relax.

For a local wedding, we went home and had a drink or went for coffee with friends.

Post # 4
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Unfortunately this is often the case with religious ceremonies, and there is little to nothing that the couple can do about it. Our ceremony will go from 3 to 4, and out cocktail hour doesn’t start until 6:30. With the exit and all that, I anticipate the down time will start at 4:30. It’s really unfortunate, and I do feel bad about it, but there is not one single thing I can do about it. Luckily, these situations are the norm in my circles, so people understand. Most people will either go home for a little, go to a bar or do other local things. People who are from out of town usually go to check in to their hotels. I am adding a list of things that people can do in the down time, including visiting the ice cream shop where we had out first date, going to one of the many local pubs, visiting local cutesy shops, etc. Our ceremony is 30 minutes from our reception, so that will take up a nice chunk of time as well.

I’d suggest doing some research on the area (if you aren’t from there) and finding a pub or something. Do you know anybody else going that you can hang out with? Sometimes somebody will host an in-between cocktail party at their home if they are local.

Try not to get too annoyed by it, because it’s very likely that they know how annoying it is, and they wish there was something they could do, but sometimes that’s just not the case.

Post # 5
1864 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

My friend’s wedding this past fall had a ceremony that started at 1pm and the reception started at 6pm. I picked my mom up after and ran a wedding errand. Then came home and napped/lounged around. Then got ready for the wedding (hair, makeup, etc.).

Post # 6
689 posts
Busy bee

Where I’m from, when there’s such a gap in between, sometimes pple will skip going to the ceremony all together and just show up for the reception later in the day. Sucks, but I understand it, especially if pple have younger kids it can be a rough thing.

Post # 7
938 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Most weddings I’ve been to have that gap. We’ve either gone home, or gone out for a drink before the reception started.

Post # 8
476 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I think that’s reasonable.  I’ve seen larger gaps.  You can head to the venue.  Gives you time to get there, relax, use the facilities prior to the other guests crowding you out.

Post # 9
2111 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@mrscross1020:  Are you travelling for the wedding? Do you know others who live there? My family is Catholic, so there’s always a gap. If we have to travel for a wedding, usually during the gap we’ll hang out with family that lives in the area or go back to the hotel and chill. Catholic ceremonies are long. You need time to recoup. If they’re local, we’ll probably head back home or see if they need help at the venue.

You’re an adult, you’ll find something.

Post # 10
1136 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@mrscross1020:  The last wedding we went to was like this – we lived close enough that we just popped home for a bit. Can you go for drinks or something somewhere in between? i’m sure it’ll pass quickly enough!

Post # 11
47 posts
  • Wedding: June 2014

I haven’t been to one like that, but our is like that. Our ceremony is from 4-4:30, then dinner at 6 pm, but the room where we are having the dinner will open at 4 pm in case anyone wants to go there after the ceremony. We may do a cocktail hour in that room, but the venue  has an “open to the public” bar so that might be redundant since we are doing a cash bar anyway. And that’s cheaper for us lol.

Our venue is a resort but also an art gallery, so guests are free to look around at the art, or go into the town itself and shop or whatever. I don’t know what I’d tell my guests to do if we hadn’t chose an artsy/scenic place.

I dunno if that was at all helpful for you lol.

Post # 12
830 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@mrscross1020:  We went to a wedding with a 2 hour gap. I guess it depends on where you are though – the wedding we went to was in the middle of Sydney, so we basically just stuck our hand out for a taxi, got dropped off at the Harbour (heaps of restaurants, cafes and bars, all within walking distance of the reception venue) and just hung out with the other guests for a little while.

It flew by quickly, which means we were probably having a good time enjoying ourselves and not watching the clock. Will you be in a city environment?

Post # 13
1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@mrscross1020:  Totally normal where I am from if it is a church wedding. We all just go to the pub or a friends house. No biggie.

Post # 14
122 posts
Blushing bee

That’s pretty annoying. I’d probably skip the ceremony and just go to the reception. Or depending if my house was really close to the ceremony, i would go back home and take a little nap.

Post # 15
8720 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MrsPHopefully:  people do the same where I’m from also especially if it’s a Friday wedding. 

Post # 16
1103 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’d end up skipping the ceremony if there was more than a 1.5 hour gap (not including travel time). 

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