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Help! I am having a hard time deciding on what time cocktail hour should start. My ceremony is at 1 o’clock and the reception hall is only about 15 minutes away. I am having a catholic wedding and need to decide what time cocktail hour should start as well as what time dinner should be served… HELP! Right now I have the times as follows. Ceremony at 1 , cocktails at 4 and dinner at 5, however my photographer thinks that that is too large of a gap between the ceremony and the cocktail hour. There will be cookies and veggie trays at the reception hall during the cocktails before dinner but I do not want guests getting bored before we ever even arrive…
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
How long is your ceremony-an hour? Are most of your guests local/is there something in the area for them to do in between the ceremony and reception?
Post # 4
@rebwana: The ceremony will be about an hour. About half of the guests are local and there are stores in the area and a mall they could go to.
Post # 5
I am having this exact issue. Catholic wedding and the latest we can start is 1 PM. How did you end up dealing with this?
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My Catholic ceremony is at 2 and my cocktail hour is starting at 5, so same gap … We are anticipating an hour ceremony and the receiving line, so practically speaking about 3:30 by the time people get out of there, and so really only about an hour and a half for guests to figure it out. The local ones can go home or hang out around the area (lots of little shops, stores, coffee shops, etc in the area and a lot of out of town guests are going back to the hotels and then we have a shuttle to shuttle guests from the hotels to the reception, so it gives them about a hour to get checked in and settled in the hotel room before the reception.