(Closed) Figure out ceremony time? And the gap between ceremony and reception?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’d say you’re good with that gap for pictures without adding anything. Give guests about 45 minutes to get to the restaurant, get situated, etc. and then you can enter. I’ve only really seen cocktail hours if there’s a gap of two hours or more between the wedding and reception.

Were you planning on lunch or dinner for the reception? For a lunch reception, I’d say the ceremony should start around 10 am or so, depending on the length…for dinner, maybe closer to 3:30 or something?

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper

Our timeline is 5pm ceremony, 5:30-6:30 cocktails, 1/2 an hour to get next door to the hotel for dinner and get situated and then the reception is 7-11, with dinner at 7.

It depends on your ceremony, but I know that ours is only going to be 15-20 minutes. I think that 30 minutes is plenty of time to allot for ceremony. The only ones I’ve seen that have been longer are when the couple has tons of readings and stuff, or if it for religious rituals. If that’s you guys, then yeah, plan for 45 minutes-1 hour.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper

@MsInterpret: Yeah, we’re doing a traditional cord handfasting in our ceremony as well, as a nod to my very Irish/Scottish family. We wanted ours short and sweet, so we just picked the one “ritual” that was the most important to us (the handfasting) and did away with most of the other stuff. We thought about jumping the broom and doing a rose ceremony, but eventually decided against it. What is the bell ceremony? I dont think i’ve heard of that one.

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