Post # 32
We had no gap. Our ceremony was at 2pm, and the ceremony started at 3:30 or so. We served an early meal, which was fine, right about when the reception started. We got there a little after the guests (we took a few pictures), and light hors d’oeuvres were put out. Our reception lasted untl 7pm. No cocktail hour. The timing wa actually just fine, people weren’t upset about eating early, and we had plenty of time to spend with friends after the reception was over, and still have just-us time at a reasonable hour when we weren’t exhausted.
Post # 33
No gap here.
Ceremony at 4
Cocktail Hour 5:00 or 5:30 (our venue doesn’t start the clock til the majority of guests arrive)
6:30 Dinner and so on…..
We lucked out though. The church (our church) is one of the only Catholic churches in the area that has ceremonies at 4. Most of the other churches don’t have ceremonies later than 2.
Post # 34
@TheLionQueen: My brothers wedding was this past summer at 2. It went until 3. Cocktail hour 3:30ish to 4:30. Then the bride and groom were introduced…first dance…. that took up some time. We were served dinner around 5:30. It worked out. No one complained about it being early.
Post # 35
We are not having a gap at all – Full Nuptial mass at 2:30 then the guests can go straight to the reception (about a 20min drive) but by the time the mass finishes we do group photos etc the earliest they will be there will be after 4pm.
The caterer will be ready with nibbles and pre-dinner drinks to tie everyone over while we get some photos.
We have been to weddings with huge gaps and didn’t know what to do in between and don’t want to do that to our guests.
Post # 36
@MapleMoose: Mine too! We want (and need) to be out of the church in time for their 5:30pm Saturday mass, and we don’t want a late night reception. Wedding at 2:30 (one hour mass), 1/2hr drive to reception venue; 4-5 for drinks and nibbles for guests, then dinner can start around 5:30. We expect to be gone by 8:30-9:00 at the latest.
Post # 37
@TheLionQueen: I’m on the same boat, but our ceremony starts at 4. Expecting for it to be over by 4:45, and then allow time for photos at the church which I would expect to be another 20 minutes. Because our reception venue is in the high rise room full of windows, it looks best at night. Our wedding is also in June, and it doesn’t get dark until 8ish. We’re probably going to have cocktails start at 6:30, seated at 7, dinner start shortly after and then we enter. While guests are waiting, the bridal party will have time to take photos.
Is anyone allowing time for photos after the ceremony? We have opted out for the first look, so we can’t take photos until after the ceremony.