Post # 1
Well there is nothing now that i can do about the gap – and its there because we have the opportunity to use a zoo (our venue) for photos … but heres the scenerio:
chapel at 2:30 – probably done by 3
cocktails at the zoo at 6:30
guests have the opportunity to walk around the zoo between the chapel and cocktails, and mother-in-law is openning her home in case people feel like waiting there.
Post # 3
Yeah, I’m going to be honest here…..I wouldn’t be thrilled about such a long gap.
Honestly, if I saw that on the invitation, I may just be inclined to attend the reception only.
Post # 4
agreed. i’d be more inclined to just simply go to the reception
Post # 5
Personally, I would LIKE the gap because I can walk around the zoo and look at the animals! I’d honestly be a little bummed to spend a day at the zoo but not get to see the animals much lol.
Awesome choice in venue, btw. I wanted to get married at a zoo, it would have been awesome, but FI was not so in to it..
Anyway, if you can’t change it then there’s no point stressing about it, i’m sure people won’t mind though.
Post # 6
If I had to roam around with a finger up my bum, I’d just opt to go to the reception. Unless I was particularly interested to roam around a zoo for three and a half hours at mid-day.
Would I be annoyed? No. I would just opt to not go to the ceremony.
Post # 7
the gap has to be there – i guess if people just show to the recption -im cool with that. i just wish guest understood i dont have control over the times. the chapel has a specfic time it was willing to marry us, and the zoo had a specific time it was willing to start.
Post # 8
We would definitely enjoy walking around the zoo looking at the animals, we would also enjoy finding a bar to hang out at for a little while.
Post # 9
Where are you from? In the States that would be considered an awfully long gap, and yeah, I probably wouldn’t be thrilled with it.
In the UK gaps like that are much more normal and accepted. I don’t think many would bat an eye.
Post # 10
I don’t know why people get their panties in a bunch about gaps. We had to have one or we would lose daylight for our pictures (sun sets at what? 4 pm in january?). Our wedding was downtown and the venues were walking distance from eachother, so our guests hit the bar before cocktails. Nobody complained to us!
Post # 11
@jen 42713: So…the chapel is at the zoo or is that a completely different location?
I ask because i was in a wedding about 10 years ago that had a similar setup. The church cremony was 2pm, but the reception at the zoo didn’t start util 6, so an arrangement was made at a hotel bar for people to mingle and unwind.
I think that worked out relatively well for people.
Lastly, people aren’t going to blame you– I don’t think I’ve ever been to a wedding that didn’t have some gap between ceremony and reception. Though it would be nice if there wasn’t a waiting period, people kind of expect that!
Post # 12
the chapel and the zoo are in two different locations. my side of the family is out of town – so they will have a hotel, if they dont want to go to my mother-in-laws or the zoo.
Post # 13
I would be fine with it as long as I knew that there was a gap so that I could bring walking shoes for the zoo!
Do you have a wedding website where you can state, “There is a 3 hour gap, please feel free to use this time to wander the zoo and see the animals” Something to that effect. Then I would know to bring comfortable shoes.
Post # 14
@FMM: good idea … maybe i will send out an email with that information. invations are already sealed ….
Post # 15
Well of course you had control over it – you chose the venues!
Post # 16
Your wedding guests are not going to want to walk around the zoo in suits and formal dresses. I’d be annoyed by this gap. If I was an out of town guest I’d REALLY be annoyed because I wouldn’t know the city.