(Closed) Ceremony & Reception PLEASE HELP

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

why so long in between? Perhaps consider moving your ceremony to 3. 1pm is hard because not a lot of guests willl have eaten a good lunch because of the time and that’s a long time to wait for food.

Perhaps have some lawn games in the park with some refreshments?

Post # 4
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Honey bee

Yes, I think that is too much time. any way you can move the ceremony time back to later in the day?

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

That’s the timing of our wedding too. I think nothing is wrong with it, people can visit with each other, go back to their hotels, have a snack somewhere. I don’t know how people do reception and wedding so close, it leaves no time for pictures and for the bride and groom to relax.

Post # 8
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Honey bee

@thoughtfulbride:  I probably would head back to my hotel, rather than play games while I was all dressed up. I mean, even if your ceremony is an hour that still leaves 4 hours to kill time. Thats a long time to hang out with not much to do.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

With that long, I’d head back to my hotel and take a nap or something like that.

Maybe you could provide a list interesting things in the area (including some restaurants for quick bites) so that they have options for how to spend the gap.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We will be having a 4 hour gap between our ceremony and reception (thanks to the church doublebooking us with another couple, YIKES!). We are going to encourage our guests to check out some of the local historical sites and attractions (most will probably end up at the mall or casino LOL). But we have all those places listed on our wedding website and they will be printed on the program.

Plus we have a lot of families attending so that will give the kids a chance for nap time 🙂

 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@thoughtfulbride:  I wouldn’t be nervous at all!  I have been to plenty of weddings where this has happened.  Some things that we’ve done to pass the time; go for fast food in our dressy clothese lol, catch up with friends and family, go back to the hotel and relax for a bit, check out some local places. 

I think your idea of giving people a list would be great!  Do you have a wedding website?  Maybe you could post the ideas there so people could plan ahead if they really want to?  And then include a small map in the program at the ceremony with a few local coffee shops, etc.

After our ceremony, we’re serving ice cream- yep…couldnt be more excited!  What about something like that?  Ice cream or popsciles?  I really wanted an ice cream truck but the cost was too much, if it’s in your budget maybe something like that?

But honestly, anyone who is going to complain about the gap- aren’t really there for the right reasons.  It’s not that big of a deal.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’m having the same issues with my wedding timing. It’s been heartbreaking for me knowing some guests will grumble, but we can’t move the timing, period. 🙁

I think telling your guests in advance and having a list of places to visit around the area is a good way to pass time. Or if you have the funds perhaps rent a hotel suite/room nearby and stock it with nibblies and drinks?

As long as people are informed of the gap they should know what to expect.

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