(Closed) Need help with my ceremony venue! Decision must be made by tomorrow :(

posted 6 years ago in Venue
  • poll: which church should my ceremony be held at?
    St. Mary's Cathedral (11am) : (1 votes)
    9 %
    St. Patrick's Catholic Church (4pm) : (10 votes)
    91 %
  • Post # 3
    942 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I just want to ask, the photo of St Mary’s cathedral in Portland does look lovely, but there are A LOT of people in that hall. Are you having that many guests?

    St Patricks looks a little smaller and quite intimate. I love small (ish) intimate weddings and think the ambience would be lovely in there. St Mary’s may not be quite as wonderful if its only half full..? Just a thought. I really like the look of St Patricks and it seems like a really ‘homely’ church. Your reception is Glam enough and will truly WOW your guests, regardless of where your ceremony is held. I’d avoid the long gap, especially if your guests are drinkers 😉

    Post # 5
    130 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Personally, I think that St. Patricks is beautiful as well! I wouldn’t want such a huge gap and I wouldn’t want my guest to have to wait for so long before the celebration continues.

    Post # 6
    356 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I can sympathize COMPLETELY! We ended up waiting an extra 6 months for our wedding date, for an afternoon time, because we didn’t want to get married at 11am! 

    I did a TON of research on what to do during a gap time, and how to make an early wedding work for us. In the end, it just wasn’t going to work. 

    Like you, I had the vision of having an evening wedding….if you start your wedding reception at noon, people will be gone by 4pm or 5pm! Not exactly what I had envisioned for my big day. 

    Also – during my research, it seems that a long gap annoys everyone. And I can’t exactly say I blame them. No one wants to be forced to kill time for hours, especially if they’re from out of town and can’t just pop home. And you risk losing those who DO pop home and end up not wanting to leave the house again…or those who go to the bar to kill time! You don’t want anyone showing up drunk! Anyway, those are all the factors I took into consideration when making my decision. 

    So. My advice to you is to go with St. Patrick’s church. It’s still gorgeous!! Honestly – really, really beautiful! Then you can have the best of both worlds, and not compromise on your “vision” for your reception – something that you will most likely regret. 

    Post # 7
    2692 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Don’t get married at 11am, unless the reception will be right after, like at 12:30 or 1:30 (with cocktail hour).  If you want an evening wedding, then the 4pm timeslot at the other church is the way to go.

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