(Closed) How much time between ceremony/reception?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Time between ceremony and reception
    Less than half an hour : (26 votes)
    22 %
    half an hour to an hour : (35 votes)
    29 %
    1-2 hours : (37 votes)
    31 %
    2 hours+ : (21 votes)
    18 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Our ceremony started at 3:30 and cocktail hour started at 5.  The sites were only a few blocks away from each other, but it gave everyone enough time to get out of the church (no recieving line) and go back to the hotel.  It gave us time for photos too. 

    Post # 4
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    Worker bee

    We are going to have a whole day in between. Our ceremony will be at the beach in the afternoon/evening and the next afternoon we will have our receptio about an hour away

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We were considering doing the 2 hour time block that seems to be the norm here.  Take photos and have more than ample time to travel from site to site but our photographer is suggesting family photos before the ceremony to cut down on time between the ceremony and reception.  I’m not sure how I feel yet about seeing my Fiance before the ceremony though.  We’ll see…

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Our ceremony is at noon, and we must be off the property by 1pm (there is another wedding the same day). Our reception venue reservation is at 1:30, and about 15 minutes away from the ceremony site.

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    ours is an hour and a half apart. the reception is about 20 minutes away from the ceremony

    Post # 8
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    629 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I think it’s usually hard on the guests to have a long waiting period between the ceremony and the reception.  Out of towners may not know where to hang out, and if they don’t want to go back to the hotel or don’t quite have enough time, they’ll end up sitting in the car waiting.  My parents went to a wedding this weekend where the ceremony was over at 2:30 and the reception started at 5:00…there was nothing to do in the area and it was too far from home to go back, so they ended up sitting in the car for TWO HOURS.  Our ceremony and reception are in the same country club, so we’re not having a gap  between the two!!

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I usually find that if there’s a gap between ceremony and reception, most people who aren’t close family or very close friends ditch the ceremony and just go to the reception.  It’s too difficult if there’s a gap and time to kill without anything planned for in between.

    We’re having our ceremony and reception at the same site – ceremony will be outdoors and cocktail hour/reception will be indoors.   The cocktail hour will immediately follow the ceremony, with dinner being served an hour later.  Naturally to accommodate this, we’re doing a first look and having all of our pictures done before the wedding. 

    Post # 10
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I wish we had less time between ours, but because of the times allowed at the church and the reception venues.. we will have a gap.  The ceremony starts at 2:00 and should end by 3:00 and the reception (cocktail hour) will begin at 5:30, with dinner at 7:00 in the next town over, which is about a 15 minute drive.  

    Post # 11
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    693 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Our ceremony is at Noon, reception is at 2:00.  We’re expecting the time line to look like this:

    • 12:00-12:45ish– Ceremony
    • 12:45-1:00–  Receiving line
    • 1:00-1:45 or 2:00— Bridal Party Photos / 1:30ish— Guests arrive at reception
    • 2:00– Reception/Coctails
    • BY 2:30 (hopefully!)– Bridal Party arrives
    • 6:00– Reception ends

    Drive from church to reception is about 30 mins, so the guests would leave the church around 1:00, get there around 1:30, then only have about a half hour to wait before they could go in.  We originally were going to have the ceremony start at 12:30 to eliminate the wait time, but I want to be able to enjoy as much reception as possible, while not getting stressed/hurried while taking pictures.

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We are doing a very, very short ceremony. It will consist of a processional (my dad really wants to escort me that day) and a vow exchange (no readings/songs) and a recessional. Our venue is right on the shore of the Patuxent River in Southern Maryland, and we will be doing the ceremony outside, and then moving indoors for the reception. My fiance and I just want to have a short, simple ceremony to make sure everything is legal, and then it’s immediately off to the dance floor to boogy down!

    Post # 14
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Our ceremony will be outside and directly after guests will be able to go into the area where the reception will be. There will be a cocktail hour and the reception will immediately follow.

    Post # 15
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I either want a short break or a long one. Going for a coffee/ light snack would be an hour to an hour and a half ish break but you have to factor in a bit of travel.

    Post # 16
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    My photographer says she needs an hour after the ceremony for pictures (so we can get romantic shots together since we’re not doing a first look). So it will be no more than an hour in between… ceremony and reception are in the same place. I think an hour is a little too long for that reason, but I want my pictures, that’s why I paid her so much 🙂 They’ll be distracted by a magic show (FI’s brother) and some alcohol!

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