(Closed) Need opinions….. time gap at the same venue

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
3763 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think 1.5 hours sounds reasonable, but much more than that and I think I would be a little cranky.

Post # 4
1460 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My cut off would be 1 hour…3 hours wouldn’t be worth my time to stay no matter how great that tour of the brewery may be.  I would suggest you plan on no more than 1.5 hours.

ETA…I would definitely have appetizers and drinks during the gap and some seating.


Post # 6
709 posts
Busy bee

As long as your guests have some sort of entertainment/activity (e.g. drinks, snacks, music, guestbook, photo booth….) I don’t see a problem with your gap. 


I’d at least offer some seating.   Some elderly guests or guests with health issues might prefer a chance to sit down.


Can you do it somewhat lounge-style? So that it doen’t look odd if not everybody gets a seat.

ETA: Just saw your reply OP. I think that would be a good time for the photo-carricature thing. Gives everyone something to do and to get excited about.

Post # 9
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

90 minutes would be my limit, I think.  Two hours would really be pushing it.

Post # 11
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

i would get ansey after about an hour,so if it was longer then an hour and a half i would start to get a little miffed.and def have seating,drinks and food,if you have that i would be a happy camper.  

2 and 3 hours is way to long and rude imo to keep quest waiting just so you could get pictures.you could always get your bridal pictures of you,you and your bridesmaids and parents before the ceremony,and the same with your Fiance to save time,then after the ceremony get everyone and you and your new husband together  

Post # 12
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MissLibra:  Honestly?  I’d probably stay, but complain behind your back with other guests about how long the gap is.  Or, depending on whether it’s local or where the hotel is, go somewhere else for the gap and possibly not make it back on time.  While I understand your reasoning for wanting a longer gap, when it’s all at one venue, I think a long gap is rude to your guests.

Post # 15
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

1.5 hours (with food and beverages) would be my limit.  If I knew in advance that there would be a longer gap, I might leave and come back.  If I didn’t know in advance, I would be getting irritable about having to hang around in the ceremony room for that long.  Maybe start the tour ~15 minutes after the ceremony ends, and have the furniture rearranged during the tour.  3 hours of photography- are you having photos done at other locations?  In consideration of your guests, I would keep the gap to no more than 2 hours (cocktail “hour” + tour) and do a follow-up shoot with you and your husband if you want more photos.

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