Post # 1
Has anyone had (or is anyone planning) a Catholic wedding with no gap between the ceremony and the cocktail hour/reception? Are there any suggestions for what the timeline should be like (so that dinner won’t be served at an odd time, etc.)?
Post # 3
And it doesn’t necessarily have to be a Catholic wedding, just a wedding where the ceremony starts mid-afternoon and there is no gap between the ceremony and cocktail hour/reception…
Anyone? *tapping the mic* 🙂
Post # 4
I’m not having a Catholic church wedding, but my ceremony starts at 4:00 pm in one ballroom of the hotel, then we move to cocktails on the balcony of the other ballroom from 5:00 to 6:00, then dinner in the grand ballroom at 6:00 and reception lasts til 11:00. No gap was an absolute must for me, because we have a lot of Out of Town guests and I didn’t want them sitting around with nothing to do for hours. I’ve been at weddings where dinner started at 5:00 and that seems fine also.
Post # 5
@Nicoley1985: Thanks so much! I don’t want a gap either, for the same reasons that you stated (and knowing that a huge gap would annoy me whether I was an Out of Town guest or not). My fear was that 5/5:30 would be too early for dinner, so I’m glad to hear that it wasn’t odd for you when you’ve experienced it.
Post # 6
I attended a Catholic wedding with no gap. I wouldn’t think 5:00/5:30 would be too early for dinner.
Post # 7
We are having a small gap. The wedding starts at 2:30 at the church. It will probably go to somewhere between 3:15 and 3:30. After that, the guests will head over to the reception/hotel. It’s about a 12 minute drive without traffic, but on a Saturday afternoon and between getting in and out of cars, people probably won’t get there until at least 4:00. Cocktails start at 4:30, and the ballroom opens at 5:30. Also, Fiance wanted the reception to end early in the night, otherwise people get tired but feel obligated to stay.
Post # 8
My friend’s wedding in December is a Catholic wedding with no gap. Well, technically there is a 1/2 hour gap, just so everyone can throw birdseed on the newlyweds, talk a little at the church, and then make their way to the reception hall.
They got the priest to do a 6:15pm mass on a Saturday. Reception starts at 7:45, dinner will be at 8:15 and instead of a cocktail hour, the reception hall gave them the choice of a “midnight snack” instead, which is a popular option right now.
Post # 9
We didn’t have a gap. Our ceremony started at 4:00 pm, and we didn’t have mass, so it was over by about 4:45. Our cocktail hour started at the reception venue (maybe 10-15 minute drive from the church) and dinner started just after 6:00. I don’t think 5:00/5:30 is too early to start dinner (honestly, we haven’t actually gotten to eat a meal at wedding since having our daughter, since we always have to leave early for her bedtime now, so 5:00 would be awesome for us!). If you’re very concerned about it, maybe you could do all of your dances/speeches/etc… at 5:00 and start dinner at 6:00.
Post # 10
@OnTheTwelfth: <— This sounds a lot like my tentative timeline too
Post # 11
We aren’t having a gap (except for travel time) but we also chose the earliest ceremony option, so our ceremony is from 10-1130am and then our reception starts at 12 noon. Maybe a morning ceremony with afternoon/lunch reception would be a good option for you?
Post # 12
Thanks so much, ladies! I’m feeling so much better about this.
@OnTheTwelfth: and @MapleMoose: This is probably closest to what my timeline would look like (based on the ceremony time).
@suckapunch: I love the idea of a morning wedding with a brunch/luncheon reception, but my fiancé wasn’t a fan of the idea.
Post # 13
@JuneBride2012: Are you wondering this b/c you simply don’t want a gap, or that you are a lucky bride with a Catholic church that doesn’t have a Saturday 4:30 mass and have already scheduled your wedding?
I’m not sure if this is what you’re asking, but one option is to have either a Sunday wedding, or Friday.
Post # 14
Our Catholic churh gave us the option of getting married before 1:30 or at 5:30. We chose the 5:30 option and I worried dinner was going to be really late but none of our guests seemed to care. We just made sure to serve enough appetizers at cocktail hour. My friend who is Catholic is getting married on a Friday so she doesn’t have to worry about the mass schedule.
Post # 15
we got married at 3:00pm so our ceremony was over at 4 (we had a full mass). we still had a gap because our cocktail hour didnt start until 5 but my venue was nice enough to make sure everything was ready in case people showed early. The reception venue was only about 20 minutes from the church but that hour gap gave people plenty of time to hang around the church for a minute then head to the reception, the bar was set up when they got there. We were introduced at 6 did our dances and then dinner was at 6:15
Post # 16
My Catholic wedding has a gap but I think I have it covered. My ceremony is at 4, should go to about 4:45. I assume that after the receiving line out of the church and throwing rice it should be a little after 5. My reception venue is just less than half an hour away, but we’re providing party busses for transportation, and the reception venue is the hotel where all the Out of Town guests are staying. I’m thinking there should only be a 15 minute gap before my cocktail hour starts at 6. Or at least that’s what I’m hoping!