(Closed) break between wedding and reception…??

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I would just consider doing a “first look” and taking most of the photos before the ceremony. We are doing that to avoid making our guests wait such a long time. I just figured that, as a guest, I would get bored pretty quickly while waiting hours while the couple and bridal party takes pictures. If you do decide to have a gap between the ceremony and reception, I would still put “Reception immediately following” on the invitations because people might be a little confused as to why the reception officially begins 2 hours after the ceremony. I think that people may be able to keep occupied with drinks and appetizers but you still have to be aware that some people are going to be upset (like any other aspect of wedding planning LOL! ) Good luck :]

Post # 4
4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We are going to have a gap, but our guests will have to travel about 30 mins between the church and our reception venue. We’re going to have a cocktail “hour” for them, we are very far out, so I haven’t thought about it too much but I’m thinking our invites will say something to the effect of:

Cocktail hour immediately following ceremony

Reception at XXX time

That way, people have a choice. They can go right to the venue and enjoy drinks and apps, or they can go freshen up or whatever, and come back for the meal portion 🙂

Post # 5
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would consider doing some of your girls’ and guys’ pictures separately before the ceremony.  That’s what we’re doing to cut down the gap.  Our ceremony is at 4:30 and cocktail hour starts at 6 about a 15 minute drive from the ceremony.

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