(Closed) Catholic Wedding With No Gap?

posted 9 years ago in Catholic
Post # 4
1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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 # 6
13562 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I attended a Catholic wedding with no gap. I wouldn’t think 5:00/5:30 would be too early for dinner.

Post # 7
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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
6244 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

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@OnTheTwelfth:   <— This sounds a lot like my tentative timeline too

Post # 11
25 posts
  • Wedding: January 2012

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 # 13
4334 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@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
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
6995 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

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
285 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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!

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