(Closed) Break between ceremony and reception?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
381 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I am a big proponent of a break. Our ceremony is at 12pm and the reception won’t start til 6pm so that’s obviously a much bigger break haha. But I think the more of a break, the better. You want to have plenty of time to take pictures – your guests will find something to do. I’ve noticed guests complaining A LOT at all of the weddings I’ve been to where the reception immediately follows the ceremony. Pictures usually take a lot longer than the couple anticipates and everyone is stuck sitting around waiting for the bridal party. Even if appetizers are served, I’ve just noticed guests get antsy. Pictures are so important so make sure you have enough time for all of them!

Post # 4
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i’m not a fan of the break. if your guests live/are staying too far away from the venues, they can’t just go home and relax. they have to go to a coffeeshop and sit around for a few hours…it’s no fun.

Post # 6
2410 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I hate long breaks in between but 2 hours sounds peachy. If it was 4 hours that would be annoying. I think you are fine.

Post # 8
6830 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

For ours we have a 3:30 ceremony and then reception start at 6:00. Figure get out of the church 4:30ish.  Social/cocktail hours 5:00-6:00 then reception. 

Post # 10
111 posts
Blushing bee

This is just an observation from past experiences. If you have too long a break and there is no cocktail hour, you risk having guests pass up your ceremony and go directly to dinner.

Post # 12
713 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I think a 2 hour break is perfect. I agree with you – you’ll probably need more time for pictures and travel (unless you do pictures before!!) People will totally head to a lounge or go home or whatever. I think it’s fine.

Post # 13
418 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I don’t think that 2 hours is too long, especially with travel time. I would consider opening the venue up for people to get cocktails or something for those that do just head directly there. Unless you are careful to explicitly state that it will not open until 7pm. Personally, I’d rather go straight there rather than find something else to do while I’m all dressed up, but I don’t think 1.5 – 2 hours is too long.

Post # 14
928 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Are you not doing any pictures before the wedding? I don’t know what youre planning as far as a first look or waiting until the ceremony to see your hubby but you can knock out a lot of the pictures before the ceremony with the bridal party. That way, you won’t spend as much time after the ceremony and will have more free time.

I personally as a guest don’t like the long breaks between the ceremony because after getting ready for the wedding and attending the ceremony, I’m ready to move onto the reception or cocktails and going home would only make me tired and push it to the last minute. As the bride, I would be worried that guests would show up late if they had such a long break in between. That’s just me personally, though.

How long is the travel between the ceremony site and the reception?

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