(Closed) Skipping Ceremony but Coming to Reception – is this a thing?

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 16
5379 posts
Bee Keeper

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cassiegirl :  There were only 2 times I missed the ceremony as a guest because they were both FRiday afternoons and I had just gotten out of work. But I was able to attend the beginning til the end of both receptions though. 

Post # 17
489 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

In my circle it seems very uncommon. The only person who did that at mine is in med school and couldn’t get out of his rotation and I knew about it in advance. I’d say plan for everyone to be at the ceremony and reception unless you hear otherwise from them! 

Post # 18
10003 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

The only time we’ve skipped a ceremony was when it was 2 hours out of town and they had a 3.5 hour gap.

Post # 19
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

The only time I skipped a ceremony was when I had two weddings to go to in one day and I wanted to be there for both so I did the ceremony of one and reception for the other.

Post # 20
2617 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I don’t think this is a common thing.  We had 50 guest total.  We had only one that skipped the ceremony and it was because it at a church that was a different religion then hers, and she didn’t feel comfortable going.

Post # 21
1504 posts
Bumble bee

It seems like it may be common for some groups, but I’ve only ever seen people skip the reception. They attend the important part, but then don’t stick around for the celebration. Although, I thought it was a little strange too when I first heard of this 

I also know someone who actually put on their invitations ‘guests must attend the ceremony in order to attend the reception.’ Thinking back, it was a Catholic wedding. So maybe it is pretty common?

Post # 22
163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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cassiegirl :  Someone from my work got married and I heard a lot of people from work skipped her ceremony and went straight to the reception. I get it that you’re work friends and not that close, but I thought that that was incredibly rude… I’ve never done it, but I’ve definitely heard of it.

Post # 23
1350 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I’m in the same boat of I’ve seen it happen at catholic weddings where there’s a gap and in these instances the church was also an hour+ from the reception venue. 

Other than that I’ve only seen it happen in the running late, lost, etc. bucket. 

Post # 24
6360 posts
Bee Keeper

We went to one where we missed the ceremony but made the reception (we were there for the ceremony but the doors were shut so we didn’t see it) because parking was a pain and there wasn’t any within half a mile.  Other than that, we’ve made it to both ceremony and reception, especially for Catholic weddings, I’d hate to miss their mass

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