(Closed) Ceremony/Reception Time Clash! Help!!

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

You should definitely confirm what the allotted time for the reception venue will be… 4 hours to me sounds quite short. IS it possible to have a later evening ceremony, after Mass has been completed, and then if your allotted reception time is really only 4 hours, it will still end late evening?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m glad I could be of help! 🙂

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I am getting my pictures done before the ceremony, I have seen a lot of ‘first look’ pictures online, and I love them… our ceremony is at 6, we are having a cocktail hour between 6:30 and 7:30, dinner served by 7:45ish… I am not having many elderly so a late dinner won’t be a problem for me…

Are most of your guests coming from out of town or are they local? If they are local, a big gap shouldn’t be a huge deal since they can go home and relax a little bit (although not necessarily ideal). Or if they are out of towners, is there something they can do while they wait that you can possibly provide for them? Tickets to a zoo, museum, etc?

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

If a lot of the people attending the wedding are Catholic, they’ll be accustomed to a gap between the ceremony and reception. I don’t see anything wrong with a 3:00-3:30 ceremony and then a reception that starts at, say, 5:00 or 6:00.

But as @futureMsZappia said, you may need to suggest a few things for Out of Town guests to do while you all take pictures and get ready for partying.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

If it were me I’d just have a gap between the afternoon ceremony and dinner reception. They are common where I live and people understand. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@rumpunch712:  It is also important to know hoow late you CAN stay at your reception. Some only llet you stay till 10 or 12 anyways.

I would contact all venues – get to know all of their times and regs and what they suggest and then work out your options from there.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Our ceremony is at 3:30, and our reception doesn’t start until later in the evening. Most of our guests are Catholic, so they are used to the gap in the day.

We have a mix of out of town and local guests. The out of town guests have a hotel, with a bar, so they can go hang out there. They will also need to check in after the ceremony, because the hotel won’t let them check in before.

Our local guests are all either going to go to someone’s house to hang out, or go home, or go to a bar near the reception. Some are also going to the hotel to hang out there with everyone, then taking the bus to reception with the Out of Town people.

Its so common here than no one even batted an eye about it.

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