(Closed) The dreaded gap between ceremony & reception…

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017 - Combermere Abbey

As long as there is food, drinks, music and good company then do not worry about a thing! 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

can they arrive to cocktails and appetizers ready?

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

Is this the type of gap where guests can’t go to the reception venue until an hour and 1/2 later so there will be no appetizers or drinks to occupy their time or is it a cocktail hour? If its a cocktail hour with food and drinks then you’re fine. If not…curious about why such a gap is necessary.

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

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ritzsanti :  Have a cocktail hour with drinks and hors d’oeuvres while your guests wait. That’s not a huge gap, so by the time they get to the venue, sign the guest book and find their seats, they’ll have a couple drinks and then the reception should get going. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Can you do a receiving line as guests exit the ceremony to take up some of that time? 

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Buzzing bee

We had a gap between our ceremony and reception. Our reception venue didn’t close to the public until 5pm, and they didn’t want anyone arriving until 5:30 at the earliest. Sunset was 5:15, and we wanted to get out of the ceremony venue before dark. Ceremony finish time was approx 4:45. 

I negotiated heavily with my reception venue, and we were able to get in at 5:15 and be taken in through a back entrance (which ended up being 100x cooler anyway). That still left 30 minutes of ‘gap’ between the ceremony ending and the guests being able to enter the reception venue, despite the drive only being 10 minutes. 

I figured that by the time people wandered out of the church, had a chat, got into their cars, mucked around, got to the reception venue, and parked, 30 minutes would be more or less up anyway. It worked really well, some guests stopped at a bar before getting to the reception, and a couple of older guests went to their hotel to rest. 

We also rented two spaces in the reception venue, one for cocktail hour and one for the rest of the night. All this negotiating was to get into the cocktail hour space, and once then we ended up having a coctail hour and a half because the caterers just couldn’t set up downstairs in time. Was totally fine! 

I’m guessing your issue is the same as ours? Are you unable to get into your venue earlier? If that’s the case I would say have cocktail hour at the church if you can (ours would have allowed this but yours might be more strict) or take your photos near the church where people can stand and watch. If I had to wait an hour and a half between ceremony ending and reception starting I would possibly just go home. I’m not good at waiting 🙁 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

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ritzsanti :  In that case I like the suggestion to have cocktail hour at church if possible.

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