(Closed) How long are you having between ceremony and reception?

posted 6 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
998 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Tiffmorris:  I’m not catholic, but I will have a cocktail hour in between. I’ve been to some catholic weddings where the cocktail hour really was about 1.5 to 2 hours. 

Post # 4
1828 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

our ceremony is 230-330 and our cocktail hour starts at 5

in the break time people can go back to their hotels and catch a shuttle bus over to the reception at like 445, so i don’t think it will be too bad

Post # 5
3697 posts
Sugar bee

We’re having a big “Catholic gap,” somewhere around 4.5 hours (we expect our ceremony to end around 1pm, reception starts at 5:30).

Fortunately, most of our guests are visiting our city from out of town, many for the first time, and the church and reception venue are a few blocks apart & in a cool downtown area with lots of stuff to see & do. We’re putting a page at the end of the program that says, “Wedding’s over … reception isn’t until 5:30 … now what do we do?” and then listing suggestions and directions for fun things to do to pass the time. There are museums, a zoo, a great farmer’s market, a pedestrian mall, a botanical garden, a winery not too far away … I know the conventional wisdom on the ‘Bee is that gaps are terrible, and the longer they are, the worse they are, but we aren’t stressing about ours too much.

Post # 6
5479 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We will probably have a one hour gap between the end of the ceremony and the beginning of the reception… but that is cocktail hour.  Our guests will be able to go in, grab a nibble and a drink, find their seats, and mingle until we arrive.

Post # 7
505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We’re having a Catholic ceremony without communion as well. Our service starts at 3:00 and should be finished around 3:30. Our coctail hour isn’t starting till 5:30. People will probably go back to the hotel and take the shuttle over to the reception.

Post # 8
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

Our cocktail hour will last 1 hour in between ceremony and reception.  We are taking group/bridal party photos before the ceremony though.

Post # 9
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’d like to hear how the gaps went from people who are already married.. We are going to have a gap, but I keep flip-flopping between 1 hour or 1 1/2 hrs. At the moment I’m leaning toward 1 1/2 to give plenty of time for pictures and some private time for the 2 of us. So I guess ceremony from 3-4, reception 5:30-10:30ish. We’ll be having a cocktail hour at the beginning of the reception, but we will probably keep that part to 45 minutes or less.

Post # 11
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m having a rather large Catholic gap. Our mass will be with communion, and will start at 12:30pm, so will finish around 1:30pm, but by the time everyone is actually in their cars, it will probably be closer to 2pm.

The reception will not start until 5:30pm, so in those 3.5 hours, we will be doing our pictures.

I’m Italian, and in my family this is very common, so I don’t think many family members will be shocked. Most will go home (or to my parents house) to relax or potentially get changed for the evening. Most of our guests are local, so it should be okay.

I assume our non-catholic/non-italian guests will probably hang out in the area, perhaps go for lunch, or to the mall near the reception venue.

Regardless, the invitation will state the time and location of the ceremony, and the time and location of the reception, so everybody will know well in advance.

Post # 13
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Tiffmorris:  No clue yet! LOL With just under 10 months away, I havent figured out my timeline for the day yet.

That being said, my Maid/Matron of Honor who got married last year, her ceremony was at 1:30, and I think we were at the hairdresser at 8am. So I am thinking, 7am to start the hair and make-up.

I still need to co-ordinate with my photographer/videographer as to what timeline works best for them.

Post # 14
9551 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m estimating it will take people about 90 seconds to walk from where they’re sitting for the ceremony to where we’re having apps, drinks and games for cocktail hour. Then another 90 seconds to walk to where we’re having dinner. The joys of a single location.

Post # 15
11752 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

1 hour for the cocktail hour.  Ceremony 530-6, cocktail 6-7, reception 7-12

Post # 16
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m Catholic. We had like a 2 hour gap. Mass was 3pm-4, and with all the hugging, hello’s, and picture taking, people didn’t really leave the church till at least 4:30. Cocktail hour was at 6:30.

This turned out good because our guests went back to the hotel or their home and then had time to freshen up and then head over to the reception. We calmly took our wedding photos down by the harbor, and were able to be there and enjoy our cocktail hour.

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