Post # 1
We are having a Saturday full mass at a Catholic church at 2p.m. which was the latest we could have it that day. Our reception space is 6 hours tops, so it will become open at 6p.m.
The wedding will be about an hour + 15 minutes, with photos until 3 p.m. After we get married the bridal party will be busy with photos in the church and outside. But for the remaining guests, there will be roughly 3 hours in between the two. Three hours?! They could go see a movie during then! 😛
Majority of the guests live in town and are close enough to go home, freshen up, and then head to the reception site. But for my Out of Town folks, I’m at a stump. The hotel I have offered provides a shuttle, so I assumed these guests could also relax for a bit at their hotels and be merry with spirits and have a safe ride home.
Both sites are in the Flint, MI area – But I can’t think of alternatives to offer to guests to ease the in-between time! If you have some ideas surrounding Flint, (reception is in Grand Blanc) I’d love to hear them!
We are considering having a cocktail hour in another level of the venue prior to our official 6 hour limit. But that means another hours worth of liquor, renting the space, paying for staff, hordeurves, etc. and I don’t know if that is in the budget.
What are you suggesting for folks if you are running into this dilemma? Should the guests find their own past-time or are you providing anything?
Post # 3
We have a big ol’ fat Catholic gap of about 4-5 hours. Scandale!
Fortunately for us, our church and reception site (hotel where many Out of Town guests will be staying) are only a few blocks away from each other in a great downtown area full of restaurants, shops, museums, and other local attractions. Also, a good chunk of our guests will be visiting our city from out of town, many of them for the first time.
Fiance and I decided to add an extra page to the program (hey, it’s already a booklet anyway, with the new Mass responses, all the music, etc.). At the back it will say, “So … the wedding’s over, the reception doesn’t start until 5:30 – now what?” Then we’ll have a list of recommendations and suggestions (with directions and info on any costs/ticket prices/etc) of ways guests can entertain themselves. There will be some right in the neighborhood (restaurants, museums, historical sites), some around town (botanical gardens, zoo, historic carousel), and a few a little farther out (winery, brewery that give tours) depending on how far people want to venture.
We’re also including a note on that page about having our receiving line at the beginning of the reception, rather than at the end of the ceremony (we need to clear out of the church because there is another wedding following ours!). Something along the lines of “Mr. & Mrs. NewName look forward to greeting their guests at 5:30 in the lobby of the Reception Venue Hotel. We will be eager to hear how you spent your afternoon – come prepared to tell us that you did something fun!”
Not sure if any of these ideas are useful to you in your situation, but I hope something will turn out to be helpful.
Post # 4
@KCKnd2: I love the idea about letting guests know when they will see you next. We have to be out for another service/confessions, and I wasn’t sure how to address having no receiving line. Gracias!