Post # 1
We are having our ceremony at a catholic church and want to have it on a saturday. The lastest in the day that we can have it is 2pm. And we want to have a reception/dance party after but we are thinking thats to early in the day..so should we have it later in the day? If so what time doyou think? We plan on just having sandwiches and types of salads to eat at the reception. And also I don’t know much about weddings..but remember when I was little everyone blowing bubbles or throwing rice at the bride and groom as they walked out of the church after the ceremony and then the car chase..will those things be possible if we have reception later on sense we wont all be heading to the reception location?
Post # 4
Hmmm…if you have a reception betwee 5 and 7, people will expect dinner. You can still have dancing at 4ish. Keep your original time
Post # 5
I agree with the PP…if you have it later, you should really serve a meal and not just snack type food. Plus if the ceremony is at 2 and the reception isn’t until 6 or 7, a lot of people won’t go to both. I know I wouldn’t want to sit around for 3-4hours waiting for the reception to start…
Post # 6
This is us! our ceremony starts at 1:30 pm then the reception is in the old church across the parking lot… no hard item can be thrown (like rice) so we will have bubbles. We have a cocktail hour until after pictures wrap up around 4. We are having an early dinner around 5:30. The whole event will be over by 8ish or so. A few tips I have picked up… 1- you will be tired by about 7pm due to prep work early in the day, 2- the average catholic ceremony without mass takes roughly an hour with mass an hour and a half, 3- Don’t forget your picture time and give your guests at least an hour to get to the venue.
Post # 7
This is a normal wedding, ceremony between 1pm – 3pm and reception starting at 5.30ish pm and going on through the night so that the bridal party have the time inbetween for photos.
THIS IS NORMAL, DONT STRESS 🙂
Post # 8
@dna61909: This is exactly what our wedding is like, and I’m worried but am sure it will be fine. We’re getting married at 2.30, but im a registry office so only 30 mins or so, then planned for faffing around outside and getting back to reception venue. Bridal party will do photos whilst guests freshen up and caterers aka family set up buffet which starts at five. speeches and cake cutting at 6.30 ish and band starts at 7 which is very early but ots of older folk, so live band til 9 and disco afterwards for ‘youth’. I am concerned about the coherency of the timeline but think it will be okay. probably have not scheduled enough time for photos but didnt want guests anging around for hours.
Post # 9
We are also dealing with a “Catholic gap” (11:30 wedding, 5:30 reception!). It’s a big chunk of time, unfortunately, but I’m not too worried because most of our guests will be coming from out of town and visiting our city for the first time. The church and reception are within a few blocks from one another and both in a downtown with lots of stuff to do, so we are putting an extra page at the end of the program with suggestions for things to do during the afternoon, and I’m having a couple of my younger cousins hand out maps of the downtown as people are exiting the church. Don’t know if something like that would be helpful to you, but it’s an idea.
Post # 10
I am having the opposite problem. My ceremony doest start until 6pm and we have to be out by 11:30. I am afraid we are not going to have time to do everything and still have time for fun dancing.