(Closed) How does this reception/cocktail hour timing sound?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Is there any way to have cocktail hour “start” as guests arrive, or will they be left standing outside the building or something if they get there before 4:30?  Otherwise it seems fine.  The only weird thing is the tiny gap between end of ceremony and start of cocktail hour… there’s an hour in between and it takes 25 minutes to travel.  I’d just try to make sure guests will be let in for cocktail hour if they’re 15-30 minutes early for it.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I think you want to give yourself 60 whole minutes even though travel time is just 25 minutes.  People aren’t going to leave immediately at 3:30pm.  You may have a receiving line or people may stand around and congraulate you for a bit.  Assume that no one is hitting the road until at least 3:45pm, then a 25 minute drive.  What about traffic, time to park, time to use the bathroom or get a coffee? 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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fitbridetobe:  No, I agree with
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jamb:  that you shouldn’t actually move the time up – I just meant that you should make sure the reception venue will let guests in if they arrive a little bit before 4:30.  No, no one will leave at exactly 3:30 probably, but I have seen people leave immediately after a Catholic ceremony while other people hung around for a little while, so it’s possible for guests to arrive to the reception early.

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