Post # 1
I personally have never attended a wedding where this was the case. Ceremony is at 2, and they have a short cocktail hour at 4:30 and reception starts at 5.
What are we supposed to do during that 2 hour gap? Have any of you gone to a wedding ceremony/reception like this? If so do share!
Post # 3
@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
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
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
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
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
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
@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
@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
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
@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
@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
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
@MrsPHopefully: people do the same where I’m from also especially if it’s a Friday wedding.
Post # 16
I’d end up skipping the ceremony if there was more than a 1.5 hour gap (not including travel time).