(Closed) Long break in-between ceremony and reception…

posted 10 years ago in Logistics
Post # 32
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@BerryBerry: I’m not sure about other religions, but there is a gap typically in Catholic weddings because most churches offer the sabbath mass on Saturdays, usually around 4-4:30 p.m.  For that reason, wedding ceremonies usually need to be done by 3. 

Post # 33
3809 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Our ceremony is at noon because there’s another wedding at 2pm. So we will be done around 1 or so then we will go for pictures. The reception starts at 5:30-6:00pm for the receiving line to begin. We will be there around 5 to check out the hall and get ready to party 🙂

Post # 34
1 posts

A long gap inbetween the ceremony and reception is VERY common for Catholic ceremonies. Here in Canada, ever Catholic wedding I have ever attended has a 3-5 hour gap in between. My ceremony is at 11 am and cocktail hour does not  begin until 5:30. There was nothing I can do as the church I wanted to get married in only had one time slot available for that day (three other time slots were taken). If the gap is too long for some, they will most likely skip the ceremon and attend the reception. That is the norm where I come from.

Post # 35
25 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m also from the Midwest, and this is definitely a normal wedding schedule by Midwestern standards, albeit moved back an hour. Most around here have the ceremony at 2 and reception around 5-6pm. People just expect that the wedding party is out taking pictures during that time. As an in-town guest I’ve gone home before, and as an out of town guest I’ve usually found a group of ppl go to hang out at a bar with before the reception. It’s just normal around here that attending a wedding basically is a whole day event. I’ve never had someone make suggestions for what to do, so if you do put together some info, I think you’re being plenty accommodating to your guests and not inconsiderate of their time at all.

And like other posters said, some people may leave before the reception, but around here I’d say a fairly equal number of people will go to the reception and not the wedding so it never looks like the reception is a lot smaller than the wedding. Around here it’s not uncommon particularly for people with kids (leaving the kids with a sitter for the evening) or ppl from out of town to only attend the reception. Hopefully it’ll work out such that you don’t feel like a lot of ppl have left.

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