(Closed) Poll: How long was the gap between your ceremony and reception?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: How long was the gap between your ceremony and reception?

    30 minutes

    1 hour

    1 1/2 hours

    2 hours

    2 1/2 hours

    3 hours

    More than 3 hours

  • Post # 47
    9878 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We did first look photos to avoid a gap.  Our ceremony ended and cocktail hour starte immediately in the same venue.  We did not want a gap at all.  I’m Catholic, and I’ve been to lots of weddings with the Catholic gap, but it still annoys me. 

    Post # 48
    13556 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    I meant SHOTS!  Surprised

    I would never complain to anyone who had a gap.  Nobody with any tact would. 

    Post # 49
    444 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I generally hate gaps because I generally get bored at cocktail hours. But I understand why most people have them. You gotta take pictures, or sometimes it just works out that way with venues.

    We ended up having about a 1 1/2 hour gap because our pictures were going to take a while and our reception was a few miles away from the church. Since I don’t like waiting around at weddings, I tried to make our gap/cocktail hour time as fun as possible for guests until we arrived. That meant: plenty of appetizers, plenty of drinks, good music, and the most fun – a scavenger hunt! Our reception venue was part art-gallery, so we hung photos or other objects from our relationship around the art gallery, passed out clue cards, and had people solve the clues/find the items and turn it in to the DJ for prizes. I didn’t know how many people would participate. I figured most people might just want to drink and chat and not be bothered with a “task” but there’d be a few nerdy people like me would might want to play. Turns out, most people played and LOVED it. I still don’t like long gaps, but the more you have to entertain people, the better.

    Post # 50
    8425 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I don’t count cocktail hour as a gap. That being said, we had no gap as the ceremony and reception were in the same place and cocktail hour started immediately after our ceremony. We did a first look and did all the family/bridal party photos beforehand, and more photos during cocktail hour.

    I personally hate huge gaps. DH and I did skip one ceremony as it was 2.5 hours away, with a 3 hour gap. I’m not boarding my dogs to attend your wedding, sorry.

    Post # 52
    603 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @ju5tdance:  we had a huge 2.5 hour gap — Catholic, so everyone was used to it!! We did provide bussing between ceremony and reception/hotel area, as well as bussing to a planned activity for those who wished that we used to fill time during the gap (trip to a beer garden, very fun). Since we had a planned activity that was fun and virtually no one had to drive, I was actually quite pleased with my gap!

    Post # 53
    468 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Gaps are totally normal in my area, and I really don’t think anybody cares all that much. At least, I’ve never heard a complaint. Most people understand that Catholic churches don’t really give you an option of when to have the ceremony, and a lot of venues have set times as well. Our ceremony is at 3 or 3:30, that’s the only choice we got, and still haven’t decided. We will be doing a mass, so I anticipate it going to 4:30 (if we start at 3:30). Our cocktail hour starts at 6:30, and the venue is 30 minutes from the church. So really, I don’t think our gap is that bad. I am going to have the back page of the program list things to do in the area for out of towners, and everybody local usually just goes home for a little bit. One PP mentioned doing an ice cream truck, which I had never thought about, so maybe I’ll find some money in the budget for that, or maybe I’ll pay for a longer cocktail hour. But honestly, if I don’t do anything, most people will find something to do and not be upset about it.

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