- 5 years ago
- Wedding: November 2014
I’ve read a few posts on here regarding gaps between the reception and the church ceremony. Here is my situation:
I am getting married on Sunday of Veteran’s Day Weekend. The earliest I can acquire the church is 2:30. Because not everyone will have off on Monday, I want to ensure the reception doesn’t run too late. Our reception is to start at 5 or 5:30 (to be determined) and be 5 hours long including a cocktail hour. We were told the ceremony will be 45 minutes long and we are the first wedding; however, friends of mine have gotten married there and it’s started late due to baptisms running over (this is obviously dependent on if and how many are scheduled). The reception is about 45-1 hour from the church. My fiancé and I want to be part of a bit of the cocktail hour (20 minutes)- just to taste the food… It’s the best part (food wise) and we want to enjoy parts of the whole wedding.
If people attend the church, then go straight to the reception, they will have about an hour break until the cocktail hour begins. The reception is part of an inn and spa, so some people will be staying (we have rooms blocked) and there is a pub/bar attached to hotel part, so people can easily stay there until the reception begins. Do I include this somewhere within the invitations (on a separate card enclosure or perhaps on the room block enclosure) or just let guests I figure it out (almost everyone is from the area and those who aren’t we could tell). Not sure what to do.
Also- is it off to start a wedding at 5:30 rather than 5, or does it not matter?
Thanks (and sorry this is long!)