(Closed) Reception and Ceremony times

posted 11 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: What should I do?

    Option 1

    Option 2

    Option 3

    None of the above!

  • Post # 3
    3162 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think if I were a guest and a gap of more than an hour between ceremony and reception was necessary I’d want the longer time period so I could do something instead of sitting around. And since you’re near the beach, I would totally soak up some sun for a few hours, shower, and head to the reception later on in the evening. That’s just me, though. Some people might take issue with it.

    Post # 4
    672 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    If I were traveling there and staying at a hotel, I’d like to hav ea long gap to actually do something in between.  I never know what to do during gaps that are just 2 hours or something. 

    Post # 5
    2475 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I like Option 1 best because the gap will be only about 2 hours, which isn’t so bad.  It’s enough time to go back to the hotel room and take in a nap, or go to a bar and grab drinks with friends.  I’m totally against Option 2, not only is it not cost-effective, but I don’t think guests will want to attend two separate receptions.  Option 3 is ok, but I think the gap is too long.  As a guest, I wouldn’t want to get all dolled up for the ceremony and then go sunbathing/sightseeing and have to get all dolled up again for the reception.  Plus, what would you and your new hubby be doing in that gap?  Would you take off your gown, makeup, hairdo, etc for those 6 hours?  Seems like a big hassle.

    Post # 6
    5493 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    ditto ddubzz

    Post # 7
    289 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’m with ddubzz. I definitely wouldn’t go with Option 2 and Option 3 seems just too long. Since you’re so flexible, if you wanted to have a little more than 2 hours, having the ceremony at 2 and the reception at 6 seems a nice way to go as well.

    Post # 9
    275 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2009 - Harbison Chapel & The Maple Lane Farm

    I agree with others, having guests get dressed up twice won’t be very fun.  It’s too bad you can’t have a later ceremony.  None of the options are terrible tho, whatever you chose things will work out!

    Post # 11
    3979 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I actually like your most recent idea about having the reception immediately following the ceremony. As a guest, I hate waiting around for hours before we get to the reception. It’s just a little inconvenient. I see your point though & your struggle here!!

    I really think your guests would appreciate as little downtime as possible between the ceremony & reception. Think of it this way… if your reception ends a little early, your guests still have the luxury of going to the beach. Ot you could have only your nearest & dearest meet up at a bar/restaurant later that night to just relax & celebrate. It’s a lot more cost effective & you literally have the best of all your options!

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