(Closed) gap between ceremony and reception?

posted 9 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: how long is your gap between ceremony and reception?

    no gap-straight from ceremony to reception

    1 hour

    2 hours

    3 hours

    4 hours

    ceremony and reception on different days


  • Post # 4
    2253 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We decided to do the ceremony and reception on two different days. Past family weddings have been so rushed after the ceremony because we had to run to make sure the reception was set up properly. Doing it on two different days allows me to make sure I can have all the photos I want after the wedding and more time to set up the reception.

    Having a gap after the ceremony is fine though. Your Fiance is Vietnamese, if I remember, so after the mass, traditionally, you guys may take a slew of photos at the altar. You’ll get the varyinbg photos of bride and groom with: bride’s side, with groom’s side, individual families, sisters, brothers, single people, kids, etc. If you have more time, it’s another chance for you to go on location to shoot photos, and for your guests to go back to the hotel or home to freshen up or change. You’ll be fine.

    Post # 5
    3977 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I guess more like ‘other’. We did have a gap but it was more like 30-45 minutes. Enough time to let people get upstairs, use the restroom, sign the guest book, chat a bit, find their seat, get a drink, etc. and then we were coming in. No gap at all might be a little weird.

    Post # 6
    2541 posts
    Sugar bee

    We’ll have about a 2 and half or 3 hour gap between our ceremony and reception…I am kind of worried it’s too long, but what can you do?

    Post # 7
    1542 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    We’ll be having a 30min gap, but both ceremony and reception will be held in the same place. I’m used to big gaps after ceremonies (specifically catholic mass) sometimes up to 4 hours. Maybe I’m just used to go home or for a coffee after a ceremony and then go to the reception.

    Post # 8
    999 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Same here, having gap. Ceremony starts at 2pm and reception at 6pm. It’s common for catholic ceremonies. Many in my family and his are use to this. No biggie. BUT keep in mind some may not attend ceremony but will for reception. We’re okay with that.

    Post # 9
    1697 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I am having a Catholic ceremony at 2, over at 3, cocktail hour at 430 and dinner at 530ish. I am always starving at Catholic weddings. It is at least 45 min – 1 hr from ceremony to the reception including time for parking in the city.

    Post # 10
    4673 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I am planning on having a 2-3 hour gap.  I don’t want to to photos before the ceremony.  But we are serving hour’ devours and the ceremony and reception is at a park so our guests will have an oppertunity to walk around and wade in the water or even go fishing if they like! 

    Post # 11
    124 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We are having a two and a half to three hour break in between our ceremony and reception. I’m not concerned at all about my FI’s family minding the break. His brother had a four and a half hour break between his ceremony and reception. My family on the other hand is used to going straight from the ceremony to the reception. So I don’t know how they are going to deal with it, but oh well, I don’t mind the break because of I won’t be sitting around. I just wanted enough time to get our pictures in. =)

    Post # 12
    730 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We had our wedding in the Chapel rather than the main church so we could have a 4:30 wedding (also Catholic). I’ve attended lots of weddings with gaps though, and although it’s sometimes a little annoying, people will understand! Be prepared for some people to skip the ceremony though… that seems to happen, especially with people who aren’t Catholic and don’t want to sit through the sterotypically long Catholic ceremony.

    Post # 13
    550 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We aren’t religious so I passed on the church. We are getting married at a a hotel, and the reception will be held there too. We payed for the ballroom but will have it sectioned (closed wall)

    I don’t want the big gap in between, especially since its a smaller wedding (60). I am also having my photos taking pre-ceremony, then having a few after ceremony with family.


    I would say maybe 45 – 1 hour gap.

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