Post # 1
The weddings I’ve been to have had a problem of people skipping the ceremony and only going to the reception. I find this very tacky. If you work late, I understand, but at the last wedding I went to, people camped out at the reception venue instead of going to the ceremony.
I’m concerned because our venues for the ceremony and reception will most likely be five doors a part. While I like this convenience, I wonder if people will just slip into the reception later on, skipping the ceremony.
Is there a way to avoid this? Being in theatre, I jokingly want to give my guests a ticket when they arrive at the ceremony that they have to show at the reception hall!
Post # 3
Best way to ensure attendance is to make it convenient. Make sure there is room to park, its not insanely early, or late, and there is not a big gap of time. Also a short ceremony helps too.
Post # 4
Is your wedding on a weekday, or is it hours apart between the ceremony and reception? I’d say those are somewhat unavoidable situations.
Post # 5
@Pinkmoon: It’ll be on a weekend-day and since the venues are nearly next-door to each other, they won’t be hours a part, except for whatever wait time there is for the wedding party to finish with pictures and scoot over to the reception.
Post # 6
Unfotunately, people sometimes skip ceremonies. There’s nothing we as brides can do about it.
Post # 7
@BetterSherm: i feel the same way about people skipping the ceremony. the ceremony is the most important part (thought it may not be the most fun); without the ceremony, there’s no reason to even have a reception. being that i’m having a catholic wedding (and a bit of gap between the ceremony & reception), i’m pretty much expecting the church to be less than full, unfortunately. but i’m like you, i want to have someone at the church with a hand stamp or something that people have to show to get into the reception, lol
Post # 8
Geez, I didn’t even realize people actually did that. I think the least you can do is show up for a couple’s ceremony before you eat and drink the food and booze they’re paying for. How rude.
Our ceremony and reception are at different sites and are maybe 15 minutes apart? I’m not sure I’d even notice if people skipped the ceremony, though.