(Closed) How Long is Too Long of a Wait Between the Ceremony and Reception?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
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  • Post # 47
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    Busy bee

    An hour to an hour and a half is understandable and common for my area. Usually people will figure something out or visit with friends and family for a bit at the church or something and take the long way to the reception. More than that and you’ll have some grumpy guests. If possible, provide a cocktail hour of some sort so that people aren’t running to mcdonalds with dropping blood sugar before you arrive.

    Post # 48
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    If I was invited to a wedding with such a gap I would not attend.  I actually skipped a coworkers wedding because of the gap.   I have better things to do on a Saturday than wait around all day long to eat a mediocre meal with strangers. 

    Post # 49
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Waay too long of a gap. If you are having guests from out of town go there, they will have to take a taxi to the ceremony, back to their hotel for a few hours, then to the reception, then back to the hotel. In my area it is usually 1-2 hours between. Personally, a friend had a wedding with a large gap, we ended up going to a pub inbetween and ate and started drinking- turned into drinking too much so we were pretty done by the time we got to her reception 4 hours later.

    In my opinion, 1 hour gap (where people can mingle in a room, have a smoke, get some air) then have coctails open for an hour (2 hour gap), or do 1 hour mingling and have appies and coctails for 2 hours (total 3 hour gap)

    People will end up not even coming to your ceremony and will just come to the reception if you have such a large gap and they know it ahead of time. I have a 1.5 hour gap for mine and I feel thats a bit too long.

    Post # 51
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    Buzzing bee

    4 hours is a long time.  Most of the weddings I go to have one hour in between at the most.  Given the driving distance, maybe 2 hours would be okay.  

    Post # 55
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    A 3-4 hour gap is common in my area. We are actually going to have a gap this size, as well, since we plan on dismissing the pews and then taking pictures. I think its more irritating to hear a guest complain about the gap because we all know its the time we take pictures. I’m not worrying about it too much.

    Post # 56
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    It’s wayyyy too long. It’s a wedding, not a photo shoot. Cocktail hour (as in ONE hour) is plenty of time for photos.

    Post # 57
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @silkspectre94:  I’ve worked at a banquet facility and I would just caution you to check with your reception place to make sure guests can go early. I know each facility is different, but waitstaff are scheduled based on the start time of your wedding- meaning they could still be setting everything up till about 4:30ish if your arrival is at 5. We usually do not open the doors to the reception room until the time the bride gave us as their arrival time….even if guests are standing in the hallway- it might sound inconsiderate, but really we are just going off of the timeline we are given. Just something to think about!

    Post # 58
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    If I was invited to a wedding with that kind of gap I would either skip the ceremony and just go to the reception (Or vice versa), or just decline altogether.  Sitting around for 2 1/2 hours is not my idea of fun.

    Post # 61
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We have a gap the same as you, maybe its a Canadian thing. I have never been to a wedding actually where there wasn’t a big gap like that. Everyone knows the wedding party goes and takes pictures and everyone else does there own thing. I think its especially prevalent for church weddings to have a big gap.

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