(Closed) Is 1pm too early for a wedding ceremony and have 6pm Reception?

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I kind of think that that’s too much time in between, but that’s just me.  Are there a lot of people coming from out of town?  How far apart are the venues, location-wise?  Are there activities that people can do during the down-time?  

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

I think that it is too large of a gap IMO. I would try and see if you could start your mass a bit later.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I am Catholic and my ceremony is at 1pm now if I remember correctly our cocktail hour will start earlier than 6 but I believe we will be eating around 6 or 6:30….everyone in my family has been married in the Catholic church so no one will think it is strange.

 

Traditionally in my family a few people will step forward and open up their houses for people to gather during the gap (2:30-4:30ish) and Out of Town guest will use this time to check into hotels.

 

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

That’s quite early for a Catholic wedding mass, isn’t it?  You’re going to leave a big gap for your guests and if some are out of town, they might feel a bit lost.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

also to add I think that it is pretty common at a popular Church for them to have an 11, 1 and 3 wedding for us 11 was to early for a dinner reception and 3 was too late to fit in pictures at two locations.

Our reception venue is about a 15-20 min drive on a Saturday from the heart of downtown in our city

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve been to a lot of Catholic ceremonies, but honestly most receptions started a little earlier than 6. For in town guests, they can just go home. For guests staying at a hotel, they can hang out and relax for a few hours. The main problem is for guests that travel maybe an hour or so, so they don’t know the area but might not be staying overnight anywhere either. If you can come up with some suggestions about things they can do (for free) that might be fun during the gap time, then I think it would be okay.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

As a guest I’d be kind of annoyed by a gap that big.  I was recently at a wedding with a 3 hour gap (I live in town and it was still really painful) and the bride told me that more than half of the guests RSVPd yes but only came to the reception.  I know this is your day, but when it literally takes up a whole day that can be a problem. 

This might not make any sense, but for some reason I’d be okay with a longer gap if I came in from out of town.  If it’s local (or close) I’d be annoyed.  Weird.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I personally dislike the big gap between ceremonies and receptions. Checking into hotels never worked for me–I always had to check in early somewhere so that I could get ready!  If I’m in town but not close enough to go home, then the timing is really awkward.

But, if that’s the only time you can book your church, then I guess you have no choice.

I’ve seen some couples offer something to help entertain guests while they are off taking pictures etc. For example, you could book a tour around your city (trolly/bus style). Although the wedding is about you, you still need to be a good host to your guests and consider their needs.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

im sorry but if i went to a wedding that had a 5 hour gap in between….i would take my butt home!!! that is way too long!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

When you have that large of a time gap, you risk most of your guests skipping the ceremony and just coming to the reception.  I would be devestated if that happened at my wedding.  Our ceremony is at 4 and the reception begins at 6.  I would either have a later ceremony or earlier reception… or both! 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Yes, I would agree with the rest of the people that that 5 hour gap is just too much. I am the type of person who would try to find something to entertain myself during that gap. But I fear most people do not have my type B personality and might be bothered by this situation. Do you have the option of having your ceremony later or having your reception earlier?

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