Post # 1
Hi bees, I’ve been lurking for ages and this is my first post in what has become a pretty complicated wedding!
I know the time gap question has been asked a million times but I haven’t found anything where there’s a gap between ceremonies and the guests need to stay seated in between the gap. Here’s the deal: FI is Sri Lankan and I’m Iranian. Both of our families are pretty secular. Because of time limitations at our venue, we’re going to start our ceremony with the Sri Lankan part – Hindu blessings (about 20 minutes). Then, FI and I will have a quick dress change (about 15 minutes) and return to our guests for the Iranian Muslim ceremony (aghd). This is also about 20 minutes long.
My question is this: we want our guests to stay seated during that 15 minute gap while we’re changing clothes. What can we do as entertainment? Dancers? We don’t have time to create a video to play and we don’t want to serve food during the gap either because the ceremonies will be followed directly by cocktail hour.
Post # 2
Dancers or even live music would be good! I love band would eat up that time in three songs. If you have people doing readings or prayers this would be a good time for that. If you have a mostly secular audience it might even be cool to have someone go up and talk about the cultural importance a of each ceremony (personally I’d find this super interesting, having zero clue about either of these).
Post # 3
saffronbee: Given that you are celebrating your marriage in two different cultures, I think it would be more interesting to have someone explain the significance of the various rituals, than to try to entertain the guests.
Is there anything that you could pass or serve like a tint cup of tea or a sweet? Something perhaps from the ritual they have just seen or are about to see?
Post # 4
julies1949: That’s a really great idea and I think it would make everything more meaningful to the guests.
Post # 5
Unfathomably: That’s a good idea — we hadn’t considered having someone talk about the cultural importance of the ceremonies during that time gap. Most of the non-Iranian guests won’t have a clue about the Iranian ceremony, and vice-versa!
julies1949: I like the idea of a tiny cup of tea or a sweet. At first I was shying away from the idea of serving food (I think I fear it being a signal for folks to get up and walk around and socialize), but a tiny nibble while someone explains what’s going on might work.