Post # 1
If you had a gap between your ceremony and reception, did many people come to your ceremony?
Our reception is at 2pm and our cocktail hour begins at 6pm. Our reception venue is 30mins away and does not allow ceremonies to be held there on Friday night so I either had to do a 2pm ceremony of a 5:30pm ceremony and our reception time slot was not adjustable. I was just wondering do you think people will even show up for our ceremony?
Post # 3
I went to a Catholic wedding with a similiar timeline. To fill in the gap, somebody hosted a house party, sort of like a pre-cocktail party. The house was half way to the reception site, guests were happy, most stayed and it worked nicely! I think as long as you warn them ahead of time about the gap and give them options of things to do, then they’ll plan on coming back to the reception.
Post # 4
@taricha- We have things to fill the gap and will be offering food and drinks at the bar where the reception is being held (hope that is okay for the guests) I was just wondering if people would come to the ceremony or just wait to go to the reception?
Post # 5
Overwhelmingly people came to both our ceremony and reception which were about a 15-20 minute drive apart. My ceremony was from 1-2 and our reception started at 6:30, but there’s a cute pizza joint right outside the church. Since our reception was at the Botanic Garden, guests were invited to stroll the grounds at 6P. I hated the gap, but what could we do?
Post # 6
I just went to a wedding with a 2:30 ceremony and 6 pm reception, and yes, people definitely came to the ceremony. The majority of the guests attended both.
Post # 7
Our ceremony is at 2pm (no mass) and we’re starting cocktail hour at 3:30. It’s about a 20 minute drive to the reception site. We didn’t want a gap because we didn’t want to spend money to fill a time gap and 90% of guests are Out of Town.
Post # 8
We have the gap too! Good old Catholic weddings 🙂 our ceremony is at 2pm, with mass (so about an hour), then cocktails start at 5:30-6:30 and dinner at 7pm… I hope people find things to do in between, but I’m not too worried that people wont come!
Post # 9
we are only half catholic (FH is, im baptist) but we have the catholic gap – ceremony at 2 and cocktail hour doesnt start til 5. but its a tourist town, and theres plenty to do on labor day weekend so i think it will be ok. gives us a TON of time to take pics too 🙂
Post # 10
Thanks girls for giving me some hope! I would hate to think noone would come to the church.