(Closed) the dreaded ceremony-reception gap

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: is 2 hours too long between ceremony and reception?
    yes, youre a terrible person for even thinking its ok. : (4 votes)
    9 %
    yes, try to avoid it (suggestions?) : (16 votes)
    37 %
    meh, its kinda long but i think it will be ok : (7 votes)
    16 %
    no, its not a big deal at all. : (16 votes)
    37 %
  • Post # 4
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    658 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    For me, 2 hours isn’t that long. Lately all the weddings that I have been in have been 3 and 4 hours, which isn’t bad for the bridal party, but for the guests, it’s rediculous.

    Post # 3
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    594 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I would do my best to try to avoide that 2 hour gap- it sucks BUT reading your description that there is a hotel bar in the same area as the reception, will be good ! 

    Are you providing shuttles between ceremony and reception ? 

    I think the biggest issue with gaps between ceremony and reception is that guests that Out of Town have nothing to do especially if it is not a city wedding. I have been to weddings where the guests went to a diner in the 2 hour gap and did not eat anything at the reception. 

    As long as you provide information of what people can do during the gap, that will be good ! 

     

     

    Post # 5
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    1043 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I think 2 hours is ok, as PP mentioned, have something for guests to do.

    I went to a wedding on Saturday with a 5 hour gap and it was way too much.

    Post # 6
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    2305 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    2 hours isn’t that much in my eyes, that’s what we’re having. With Out of Town guests though, make sure you give them the knowledge of things to do. We’re doing an out of town package, with a small ‘booklet’ full of where the bars are, a map that were putting little stickers with interesting things to do in the city (like a park, where the movie theaters are, bowling ally, nice cafes, other things to do). We’re also giving them all a free drink at the bar at the hotel where our reception is going to be, just to get them to go and sit there. There’s also a cocktail hour.

    But yeah, 2 hours isnt that much

    Post # 9
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    623 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    2 hours is absolutely fine! People can go and have a light lunch, or suggest a local place they can visit!

    Post # 7
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    11351 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I’m sorry. I’m not understanding why you cannot reserve the mansion and be one of the brides who has first dibs on the space. Can you please explain what you mean by this?

    Post # 8
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    1769 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Weddings with gaps are SOOOO common around here (lots of Catholics) I don’t think 2 hours is bad at all. Heck, most B&Gs include info in the program on nearby bars/resturants for people to go to during the gap. If it was like, 8 hours, then I’d tell you you’ve got issues. Our ceremony will likely begin at 2:30, with a reception beginning at either 5:30 or 6, though, so I’m obviously biased.

    Post # 10
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    623 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Wow, I just looked at the poll votes.

    Every single wedding I have been to (15+) has had at least a 2 hours gap in the middle so the bridal party can go have location photos.

    May be an Aussie thing? No one ever cares, they check into their hotel, sit in the sun, go have some lunch etc.

    Post # 11
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    205 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @StL.Ashley:  That’s a great idea to include this info on the program.  Too bad ours are already printed! 

    I don’t think that a 2 hour gap is bad at all.  Most of the guests will either check into the hotel, or head back to freshen up before the reception.  They might grab a drink at the hotel bar, or do some quick sight seeing during the gap.  I wouldn’t worry about it, seems that gaps are standard 🙂

    Post # 13
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    3569 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    2 hour gaps are the norm for most of my family who are catholics and it’s manageable for most people. Have a few suggestions for out town guest and it should be fine.

     

    Post # 14
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    426 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @bostongirl27:  We’re going to have like a 4 hour gap, so my mom is hosting an informal gathering at her house in between.  We did the same thing for my sister’s wedding years ago and it worked out really well.

    Post # 15
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    11351 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    @bostongirl27:  Ahh. OK. Now I understand. Thank you for clarifying.

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