(Closed) Catholic wedding gap…

posted 7 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have the same dilemma…are there things near your either of your venues to suggest for people to do? We will do photos with the wedding party, and since our reception is near the ocean there is a lot of exploring for our guests to do to pass the time until cocktails and dinner. I plan to put recommendations in our church program.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My photographer thanked me for all that time.  He says it makes all the difference in the world not to be in a mad dash. 

We are having our Catholic wedding (outside of Mass) at 2pm and are having our reception at 6pm.   We are going to have a videographer at the venue at 5pm to start doing a video guest book and possibly a DIY photobooth to entertain people as they wait. 

Mom is having a bunch of people in her house for a bit of a gathering.  Most are from in town, or staying with family, and she is going to take care of the rest.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I would say give your guests a list of options at the back of the program—maybe a list of restaraunts where they can have a cocktail or places to relax. That’s what we plan on doing. 🙂

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I think its fine. Most weddings I go to have these kinds of gaps. People can figure out to go to a restaraunt for a drink and bite to eat or to a mall or something. You can give suggestions if you want but I don’t think its necessary.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I have a 3pm ceremony and 6pm reception and was very stressed about the gap until I found out most Catholic weddings go thru this.  One of my friends said Starbucks is always a great choice and local attractions too.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think its no big deal. People can chill at the hotel. Family can entertain themselves – they usually want to catch up anyway.If you’re in a city, people will want to tour around.

Personally, I prefer the gap to the 5 o’clock wedding, the 6 o’clock cocktail hour with hardly any food, and the 7’oclock dinner that doesn’t start til 8 because the bride and groom took forever doing pictures.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

This was a major issue with my parents. My fiancee is Catholic so we are getting married at a church at 2:30. We are doing just a nuptial ceremony (no mass) so it should be done by 4 with receiving line and pictures inside the church. We wanted to start at 6 but my mom thinks 2 hours in between is too long, since I have relatives coming from an hour away who won’t be staying at a hotel. There will be guests who are staying at the hotel from out of state and we will have a shuttle from the hotel to the reception in between.  To please my mother, who is paying for more than half of the wedding, we moved the cocktail hour up to 5 so they only have to wait technially 30 minutes (since it takes 30 minutes to get to the reception hall after the church) We may add an hour at the end of the reception to make it go till 11 but it is going to be another $1500 to do that. Good luck! It was a tough decision.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I went to a wedding like this in November, and even tho it was in the town where we all lived, and some out of town guest we all went an ate and had some drinks. That took up a lot of the time!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have the same issue, which was kind of a bummer to me.  2pm ceremony, 6pm reception, about 15 min away from each other. In the 3 hr gap, wedding party and family will do pictures (the wedding party will go off for fun pictures after that), after church pics, his family is having some of his relatives over to their house (they live nearby) and having a sort of cocktail hour thingy. I am trying to get a hotel that is between the ceremony and rec. for the out of towners, and for everyone else I am adding a page to our wedding website and an insert listing fun things to do in the area (in formal clothing). 3 hours sucks, but at the same time it is the perfect amount of time to add an activity in there and have enough time to do it. 1 hour is not enough time to do anything, and 4 is way too long, but 2-3 is decent. Thankfully our reception hall will also allow people to start coming in 15 min early for drinks and snacks.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

Personally I like a gap when I’m an out of town guest.  I go back to the hotel, relax, and often change.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@CatholicBee: agree. In our gap, no one died of boredom, no one famished, no one got impossibly lost. At least as far as I know.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

we didnt do cocktail hour, wedding was at 3-4pm in church and the reception at 6pm (2 hours for photos what rush!)

so just a 2 hour gap, the reception was at a hotel so they could lounge at the lobby I could have done cocktails but then it would have limited the reception which was only til 11pm I’d rather spend more time dancing; but the guests entertained themselves, comes with the territory of a Catholic wedding, have to wait a little

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