(Closed) Time between ceremony and reception what should guests do?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What do you do during the wait in between ceremony and reception?
    Get something to eat : (10 votes)
    24 %
    Go to the reception site and wait, forever! : (4 votes)
    10 %
    Go home or hotel room : (10 votes)
    24 %
    Go shopping or explore the city : (7 votes)
    17 %
    Other, please explain : (11 votes)
    26 %
  • Post # 3
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2009 - Catholic ceremony, reception at local armory

    When I’m at a wedding (usually I’m an out-of-towner) we usually head to a bar close to the reception site and hang out there until the cocktail hour starts!  We grab an appetizer or something and just hang out for awhile.  I usually don’t mind having lag time in between!

    Post # 4
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    952 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    If it was close to my hotel/home, I’d just go home and come back for the reception.

    Post # 5
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    1514 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I really hate lag times between ceremonies and receptions as a guest, so if there is no cocktail hour or something, usually we hang out at a bar and wait.

    Post # 6
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    908 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I’ve never been in that situation but I think I would go to bar near the reception, grab an appetizer and a few drinks.

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    I’ve never had to wait. It’s not done very much in my area. I would probably go have a few drinks at a fancy hotel or something. I’d already be looking spiffy! 🙂 I would really try to cut down the gap as much as possible or have some organized activities for your guests to do if they want.

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2010 - Carlouel Yacht Club

    Yep, I’d grab some of my friends (assuming that there are people I know at the wedding!), and head to a bar, restaurant, somewhere like that and just hang out for a while.  If you’re all dressed up, you might as well be out and about!

    Post # 10
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    set up an area for your guest, I would have appetizer, music, and let it be a social gathering before going to the cocktail hour…just a thought!

    Post # 11
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    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    What seems to be #1 on the many lists of guest complaints that you read is long gaps between the ceremony and reception. Since it sounds like the church is not willing to budge on the time, will the reception site allow you to move the time up so there is no gap other than the driving time? Otherwise, you will have some people not even attend the ceremony and go to the reception only, or you may have some people not attend at all.

    I have never heard of anyone who went home to freshen up, take a nap, or the like between the ceremony and reception, nor have I ever heard of anyone sightseeing or walking the mall in their formal clothes. But everyone is different.

     

    Post # 12
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    I’m having a break in between so guests can get something to eat before they get there. We didn’t feel like making people sit forever at the reception doing nothing while the family and wedding party take pictures. Plus, we don’t want to buy a bunch of food.

    Post # 14
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    Honey bee

    Alot of photographers nowadays say they are taking all pictures beforehand to make sure there is no gap for the guests’ comfort.

    Post # 15
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    oh the joy of planning a Catholic wedding!  I’m going to have the same problem…I just hope my guests are understanding cause it is pretty much going to be unavoidable!

    Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    i’ve never been to a wedding where there was that much lag time. the ones i’ve seen have a cocktail hour between the ceremony and dinner. that’s when the bride and groom take family photos / formal portraits.  the rest of the guests head directly to the cocktail reception from the church. could you move up your reception to narrow that time gap?

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