(Closed) Ceremony and Reception at the same venue but 1 hour gap?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
765 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@beautifullyboheamian: Why are you having the one hour gap if your reception and ceremony are in the same place? That seems really odd to me…and probably will to your guests–especially if you’re serving appetizers during that time.  

If it’s at the same venue, the cocktail hour should immediately follow the ceremony. Otherwise your guests will just be standing around the bar. Frankly, if I were a guest, I’d be bored. Plus, most people really don’t like cash bars (and they’ll be expecting a cocktail hour immediately after the ceremony), so they’ll be caught off-guard. I don’t think it will go over well at all. It seems really inconsiderate of your guests, actually. 

Post # 4
533 posts
Busy bee

OP I see you are in Sydney. This is pretty common here. We did it. Friends have done it. Nobody blinked an eye. They all wandered off to the local pub, we had booked a room. Nobody complained, they all said they had fun catching up and meeting our families. 



Post # 5
1344 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Pretty common thing to do in AUS, we’ll be doing it too.

You kinda need that hour to take photos, and cash bars are much more common than open bars here (at least in my area, I’ve never even been to an event with an open bar).

Post # 7
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Ive heard storys of while the bride and groom are away the guests use up most if not all of the bar tab.. so I think its a good idea as that is what we will do, maybe provide each guest with a drink first and then they can purchase their own. Its not rude at all

Post # 8
849 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If your bothered about people paying for drinks (it wouldnt bother me at all. Cash bar’s are common at uk weddings) then how about a welcome drink with your canapes. Just the one for that hour, no choice either, just a glass of something to hold while they are eating the canapes. You could even go for a nice refreshing fruit punch. No alchohol.

Post # 9
307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Sounds absolutely fine! They will have food, they can buy drinks, it will be fine! I don’t know if it’s an Aussie thing, but oh well.

And an hour will be bearable for them, it’s the only way you can get your photos without doing a first look.

We are doing a similar thing, there will be games in the gardens and soft drinks for half an hour then the cocktail hour/canapes will start, then we can hopefully join the last half of the cocktail hour before going in to the reception.

Post # 10
1521 posts
Bumble bee

Why dnt u hav a cocktail hour?

Post # 11
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

So… Timeline is this?


4 – 5pm – ceremony


5-6pm – Gap with canapes


6pm – reception


How about maybe seeing if your venue can arrange maybe two or three types of signature drinks on your account to be served between 5 and 6 pm? It does not have to be alcoholic. Maybe a punch or sangria? It could even be self service in drink dispensers.




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