(Closed) Gap between ceremony/reception

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I think 1 & 1/2 hours is fine for a cocktail hour, as long as you have places where people can sit (no one wants to stand for almost two hours in heels!), and maybe offer games, conversation starters, etc. (especially if you’re having a small, informal wedding)

Post # 4
2702 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

agree with @jenniphyr… 1.5 hours might be pushing if there’s no (informal) seating available… our cocktail hour is 1 hour but it will on the outside patio/golf course right outside the reception dining area… i’m hoping people will just find their seats if they start gettign sick of standing!

our ceremony will be at 430, cocktail hour 6-7.

i wanted to leave a small gap… ceremony will be around 30-45 minutes. driving time is 15-20 minutes. and then 20 minute (just in case we start late time) 😛

Post # 5
2820 posts
Sugar bee

I think we had around 1 1/2 cocktail hour with plenty of drinks and appetizers.  People seemed fine with it.  It was outside and a beautiful day so that helped a lot.

Post # 6
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We had our ceremony at 1pm, and the reception didn’t start til 6pm. I would 95% of our guest were all from out of town, and they just went back to the hotel to cool off and grab a drink (we didn’t have a cocktail hour). I didn’t hear a single complaint from ANYONE. In fact, I got a few “Wow, it was really nice to chill out and cool off between the ceremony and reception” comments.

I think you’re fine with a small gap, honestly.

Post # 7
178 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

A 1-1/2 hour time gap seems fine.  Especially if you have to change locations.  We’ll be having about an hour coctail hour (unfortunately no app’s) and our guests should be fine.  We’re having a large buffet dinner so food will be served soon enough!

Post # 8
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m getting married on a Friday afternoon too! We are having a 2 hour gap between ceremony and reception – BUT we are including a list in our Out of Town box’s wedding weekend schedule booklet (all of our guests are OOT) that gives a number of suggestions of things people can do between ceremony and reception so nobody is sitting there bored, hungry and annoyed. I think as long as your guests know about the time gap in advance and you make an effort to be accommodating (such as supplying a list of things to do/eat/see/go between ceremony and reception) there’s nothing wrong with a 1.5 hour gap! I think guests might even appreciate the down time to take a nap, freshen up, grab a snack, explore a nearby park or museum, etc.

Post # 9
913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

My cousin got married at the church @ 2pm – mass was over around 3pm. Her cocktail “hour” didn’t start until 5pm in another town approximately 10mins from the church.  Her reception was then at another venue approximately 15mins from the cocktail hour 2 hours later……the nmight seemed to stretch on FOREVER (plus its not too safe having everyone drinking that long either!).

ANYWAYS…..I think having the 1.5 hour long cocktail hour is fine as long as you have plenty of appetizers to soak up some of the booze and good music playing so people don’t get bored!

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