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

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What to do?!

    Arrange for the reception site to accommodate early guests

    Nothing. They can find something to do to kill the time.

    I like polls! :D

  • Post # 92
    13 posts
    • Wedding: August 2013

    It’s a really long time without some fixed activities to do.

    I am taking all my photos in the afternoon, having the ceremony at 6pm and the reception immediately following. I didn’t want to make my guests wait around.

    If there is no way around it then I’m sure they will understand, but might it be possible to give the guests a couple of choices of something to do in between? Maybe even screen a movie at the reception site, with pre-made bags of popcorn?

    Good luck to you with whatever you decide.

    Post # 93
    18 posts
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @silkspectre94:  Does the hotel your reception is at have a bar/lounge area? I’m having a gap for pictures as well. I don’t want to rush through them. We have such creative, amazing photographers, I want them to get as many beautiful shots as they can that day. And I am SO not missing a minute of my cocktail hour!!

    Our ceremony (Catholic) is at 2:30 PM (it’ll probably go until 3:30) and cocktails begin at 6:00PM. My plan is to have a sort of itinerary for the day with suggestions for places to grab a bite, places to hang out (including the hotel’s bar area), relax, etc.

    My fiancé’s sister had a similar gap at her wedding and it was actually great, people went back to the hotel and had a couple of pre-wedding drinks, the families got to know each other, some people took a quick dip in the pool (the hotel was beachside!) and others took a cat nap in their hotel rooms.

    Honestly, it’s a big occasion, and I don’t think that it’s so horrendous to make a day of it. Heck, some people have weekend-long festivities!

    Post # 94
    102 posts
    Blushing bee

    umm it’s not that long!!! That’s what we did.. First of all the ceremony NEVER starts on time (at least of all the wedding s that I’ve been to) so figure out this scenario:

    wedding: 1-1:15 to 2PM depending on how long your ceremony is

    then you have the reception time that could take up to a half hour 

    then you drive to the site, get settled, relax and before you know it it’s cocktail time, dinner etc.

    If people don’t want to come to the ceremony – which by the way IS THE WEDDING itself-then that’s their problem… don’t stress and do what you want.

    Post # 95
    17 posts
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I would say if you have such a gap defintely do a receiving line to kill time and maybe offer some places for them to stop to grab a drink in between, like a tgi fridays or something.  Or if family lives close offer an open house.  This way people will have some where to go without having to spend money

    Post # 96
    102 posts
    Blushing bee

    @Eve2024:  err meant to say receiving line..

    Post # 97
    1056 posts
    Bumble bee

    For a 2.5 hr. gap, snacks and booze will keep me happy. 🙂 


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