Post # 1
Does anyone know of a catholic church in the Austin area that will do a 3pm or 4pm wedding? I am planning on getting married next May and having a hard time finding a flexible church. It seems most will only do a 2pm (which is too early and would leave a gap between the wedding and 6:30pm reception) or 7:30pm (which is too late…). Thanks.
Post # 3
I think in order to do it that late you are going to have to try to find a church that either doesn’t have Saturday Mass or doesn’t have it until like 7pm. My Nuptial Mass started at 1pm and we were barely out of there before their 4pm Mass…there were like 20 old ladies already sitting in the pews watching the end of our pictures, lol. I guess we did have a 30-45 minute receiving line after the ceremony too though. Here is a list of all the churches in the diocese:
Their Mass times are all listed there too, you might try looking for one with a later service, or depending on how well you know your parish priest, you might try to negotiate on a later time with him if you just have a non-Mass service and no receiving line or family hanging out afterwards.
You could also set something up for your guests to do afterwards (attend Saturday evening Mass? haha)…have a cocktail hour at a bar near your reception or just compromise and move the reception up. Just throwing out ideas…hopefully one will work for you! 🙂 Good luck!
Post # 4
@lisaelanna: Thanks for the input! My reception venue won’t let the caterers even set up until 5:30, hence I’m locked into the later reception time. It’s the LBJ wildflower center and so it stays open to the public until 5:30. But I didn’t think of having the cocktail hour somewhere else earlier… Thanks again!
Post # 5
My friend was married at St. Mary in Austin on E. 10th downtown. She was married at 2pm. There was a gap but I find that most catholic weddings have some kind of gap in between the ceremony and reception. It wasnt that big of a deal for us becuase we just went to a bar for a little while before going to the wedding. Your guests can find something to do for a little bit if they have to.
Post # 6
@potato1595: my brother got married this summer at a Catholic church and they had to have the wedding at 2pm. I dont think a church would do it any later because of Saturday night mass. They didnt have a gap in between…they just had a RIDICULOUSLY long reception (from about 5-11)
Post # 7
- Wedding: February 2014 - Vintage Villas
I’m having the same problem! The latest time our church allows weddings is 2pm because they have Reconciliation from 3:30 – 5:00pm plus Mass at 5:30pm… We’ve decided to embrace the gap and go somewhere to take pictures in between the ceremony and the reception, but it’s important to us to be married in our ‘home’ parish…. Most of our families are catholic too and everyone kinda expects the gap, or at least that’s what they keep telling me…