(Closed) That awkward time between Ceremony/Reception-my idea?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think it’s incredibly generous to arrange and pay for something like this.  Even if it ends up something you don’t have the budget to fund, you could certainly just spread the word (or have family/friends do so) that there’s a nice place a cross the street that would be open to help people fill the time.

Post # 4
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Honey bee

Guests will wonder why you aren’t socializing with them during that time. Also, it is a long time for them to wait.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I have been to alot of weddings where there is a gap- although it is not ideal it happens

I love the idea of doing something like that- it is close and will be a nice atmospher for people and i feel the time will go a lot faster for them.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think that is a great and generous idea. Lots of people have some sort of cocktail hour. I think your guests will love that you are taking care of them.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

I think this is a nice-to-have, but def not a must-have. Where I’m from its expected to have to wait between the ceremony and reception.. Usually people just go hang out at a coffee shop or someone’s house in my experience. If you have the budget for it, it would be nice, but if the money is better spent somewhere else, don’t sweat it.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

I think its a lovely idea! As a guest, I would like this. Just a thought though, two hours is a lot of time to consume alcohol and they will be ravenous by the time the reception starts…. At least I would be.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I think it will be an awesome idea! I know you’re in Chicago as well… what’s the name of the restaurant?

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I think its an awesome idea, but, is there not a cocktail hour already worked into your reception which would cut the wait time time in half? for example, if your ceremony is at 3, and your reception starts at 5, why not have a cocktail hour starting at 4 at the reception venue? that way people have time to get there and settle in, and no one is starving by the time you and your husband get there…. I think that’s usually how I have seen it at weddings i’ve been to 🙂

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Instead of spending the money, I would just suggest to guests that they get together there. Most Catholic weddings I’ve been to have had us going to happy hour before the reception starts with the rest of wedding guests. As a guest I’d love suggestions of places to go and to have other wedding guests with me.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

It’s a great idea and very nice of you.  There is often a gap and I wouldn’t worry about the posters who are saying they’ll be at a loss – it’s pretty normal.  One word of warning though, if you have a drinking crowd this will mean probably at least one or two people will end up blotto at your reception.  Two hours of drinking and no food was a really bad recipe for me at one wedding I attended – I’m still embarrassed that I got so drunk!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would include a Reception card with your invite that has the start of your reception and then spread the word through your family that you have the informal cocktail hours at the winery.  I personally like going to weddings that have a gap longer than 30 or 40 mins.  I wouldn’t worry too much about it if you have the Ceremony and Reception times clearly noted with the invite.  Have Fun and Congrats

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