(Closed) Is 7pm TOO Late?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

5 hours is a LONG gap.

I’d worry about people skipping either the ceremony or reception. (most likely skipping the ceremony)

Maybe if you had some sort of organized activity for those hours it might work.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@DreamsDoComeTrue: I have only been to one wedding with that large of a gap.

My parents went to the ceremony but left us kids at home and only brought us to the reception.

We were invited to both, but since the gap was so long they only brought us to the reception.

I think several others may have skipped the ceremony too since it was a long catholic mass.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think you can expect people to give you about 6 hours of their day (total) for a wedding – any more than that and it’s just a bit over-kill.  So needless to say, I think a 5 hour gap between ceremony and reception is WAY too long, but just my opinion.  Agree with KatNYC that you’re probably going to lose some of your invitees.  Good luck!

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

One question, is it a destination wedding for the majority of your guests?

If it’s a destination and they are there for the weekend for your wedding then maybe the gap will be ok, if it is local you might lose a lot of attendees.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper

hmm, i would never skip out on the ceremony if i was a guest! that seems really rude to me if they do that. i would hope no one skips.  they might not like the gap, but i can;t believe people would say they are coming to your wedding and then decide not to because of the time gap?

could you not make the ceremony later in the day though?

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@DreamsDoComeTrue: I would give guests fair warning that there will be that gap and maybe provide a list of suggested activities to fill the gap.

Your best option would be to get rid of the gap, but if you can’t do that you want to make sure your guests are fully entertained/taken care of.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

well, the last wedding I went to have a 1 and 1/2 hour gap between ceremony and reception. My Fiance and I were annoyed by that, and we live in the town the wedding took place in! It wasn’t enough time to really do anything, but it was too long to simply go to the venue and wait. I guess if most of the guests are staying at the site because it’s a destination wedding, it’s a bit better because they can go back to their rooms, change, have a light lunch if they’re already hungry, etc, but it does seem like an really long gap to me!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I think that is a really long time between the ceremony and reception. If people are from out of town, they probably won’t want to be driving around in their wedding clothes doing tourist type things. If they are from in town, going home and sitting around for 4-5 hours between a wedding would put a damper on the mood for me. Could you do a cocktail hour so it starts earlier or start the ceremony later?

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