(Closed) Help! How long after the wedding ceremony do you start the reception?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1102 posts
Bumble bee

I hate having long gaps between ceremony and reception but sometimes (especially for church weddings) there’s really no option! How close are the two venues? If you started your reception at 5 at a different venue and your ceremony finished a little after 3.30, you would have time for family/group photos at the church and could possibly provide refreshments (or not, no biggie) so people could mingle during that time and it would probably be fine. If your reception venue is the kind where people can come in and get themselves a drink before you arrive, all the better.

We went to a wedding last week with an hour in between, DH and I didn’t know anyone apart from the couple so we took a drive around the park where the wedding was. It was quite pleasant. I have also gone grocery shopping, to the pub with friends, to my parents house for a cup of tea, etc. People are adults and they can look after themselves, at the end of the day 🙂

Post # 4
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

our ceremony is from 3-330 ( lol no long ceremony for us!! ) and ideally I want the reception to start at 5. that gives everyone an hour and a half to mosey their where to the site, and grab a cocktail while we do pics!

Post # 6
7547 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

I would just say the reception starts after the ceremony, that way people will go straight away. I don’t think it will look bad because you probably won’t arrive until later anyways, right? People will have a chance to get a drink and mingle. 

Post # 7
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I wonder the same thing.  Our Catholic church wedding starts at 1:30 and will most likely start at 2:30.  We were going to start the cocktail reception around 5pm, Dinner after 6pm.  But yeah there will be like a 2 hour gap.  I guess the only thing we can do is provide a list of places they can visit if they are out of towners.  Maybe someone can open their house for a few hours so people could take a break or something/nap.

Post # 8
47434 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Most couples need a fair amount of time for pictures. The families always use the wedding as an opportunity get some pics .

Personally, I don’t care what the gap is, as long as we know in advance what it will be and the bride and groomshow up to the reception on time.

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