(Closed) afternoon ceremony and evening reception ?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

May I ask why you want the times spread out so much?  What will your guests be doing during that time?

Post # 4
1769 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

you should probably post this on your local board if you want a recommendation of a place.

To answer your first question, though, yes, there are places that will rent the whole location for the day to you. Something to think about, though, is that if everything is at one place, what will your guests do during that gap time? Typically if there is a gap, there are two different locations, allowing guests time to travel between venues, go to their hotel and rest/change, grab a beer, whatever. Guests could certainly do that if everything is at the same place, but as a guest, I would feel like it’s a little strange to show up somewhere for a ceremony at 2, and then have to kill three or four hours to go back to the exact same spot.


We’re having an afternoon ceremony at 2:30 and an evening reception at 6:30, but at two different locations about 10 minutes from each other.

Post # 5
3267 posts
Sugar bee

@chelseajean:  Those places definitely exist, though you have to remember they will typically come with a higher pricetag, as you are using it all day.

As a guest though, this sounds like a terrible idea.  I wouldn’t want to have to hang around for hours waiting.

Post # 7
3267 posts
Sugar bee

@chelseajean:  Ideally you shouldn’t have any gap.  But I think most people accept that there will be a short gap.  I would say 1 hour max.  Enough time to drive between the venues, freshen up the lipstick and go.  During this time there will ideally be snacks and drinks available for free.

It isn’t polite to expect people to want to come out to celebrate you, and then wait around for you to thank them with the reception. 

The best weddings I’ve been to have been in the same location with no gaps.  Just right into the reception space.  The couple has completed most of their pictures ahead of time, and have taken off to take a few pics during the cocktail hour. 

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