Post # 1
We’ve finally zeroed in on a venue for our wedding. (yay!) But because the space is fairly small, (Thompson Landry gallery), we need to have a 2 hour gap to allow for set up for the reception after the ceremony (boo!) We tried to find another space for the ceremony, but they were either not what we wanted or booked.
My question is:
Since we were going to do a cocktail hour anyways, would it be a good idea to reserve some tables in one of the restaurants (like the Boiler House), and have drink and apps there, and then have them come back for the reception when setup is done? I mean, if it’s not raining, there’s lots to see in the 2 hours, but I just don’t want to leave people stranded.
Post # 3
People expect “the gap” when two venues are involved, so it is not absolutely nessesary to entertain them during that time. Also keep in mind that you will want to do photos during this gap time, so you might not be present for most or all of the coctail hour if it directly follows the wedding ceremony. You may want to wait and do cocktail hour and dinner at the reception.
Post # 4
I think that your idea for the cocktail hour is a good one. People expect a gap if there are two venues because it’s for travelling time. I’m having my reception in a gallery space as well, but i know that not everyone will be as interested in the art as I am. I would expect some people just to quickly walk through and be done in half an hour and then they’re going to want to do something else.