(Closed) Reception timing??

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
2475 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

Less of a gap.  Start your ceremony at 3:30 and your cocktail hour at 5, because then those who don’t need to check in don’t have to fill in time.  Check in doesn’t take long, so those who do need to check in will just be a little late to cocktail hour which doesn’t matter.

Post # 3
1746 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I agree with having less of a gap. Even if people check in, they’ll just get their keys and drop off luggage not hang around.

Post # 4
4818 posts
Honey bee

Cocktail hour should start no later than the amount of time it takes the first guests to leave the ceremony venue and get to the reception venue.  Cocktail hour is intended as a stop gap to get everyone there and settled and occupy them while you take pictures.

So I would have the ceremony at 4 or 430, cocktail hour around 515 or 530, reception following.  People can use the 3-4 block to check in, request early check-in or late check-in, or use part of the cocktail hour to take care of it if necessary.  Don’t have a gap inconveniencing the rest of your guests.

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