Time between Ceremony & Reception

posted 1 year ago in Reception
  • poll: Is it feasible to have a 5:30pm cocktail hour?
    Yes : (5 votes)
    63 %
    No : (3 votes)
    38 %
  • Post # 2
    353 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2019

    I think that’s really cutting it close. Ceremonies almost always run late. And then you have to think about getting people out of the ceremony space without the lingering and socializing, and factor in possible traffic in with the 45 min drive. You run the risk of losing about a half hour of your cocktail hour due to people not being there or there being only a few guests. I’d start it at 6.

    Post # 3
    841 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2019

    I agree with PP, start at 6pm, since the 21st is a Friday you’ll need to consider the after work commute. And as a fellow New Jerseyite, traffic is always crappy here! 

    Just a side note, I am considering having my wedding in February 2020 and nervous about the weather factor too! Fingers crossed for us!  


    Post # 4
    617 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2018 - City, State

    Ordinarily I’d vote against a gap (I think they’re awkward) but given how far away the venue is, pushing the cocktail hour back a wee bit probably wouldn’t hurt. Between shuffling out of the ceremony venue, driving, parking, bathroom breaks, and everything that hour will go by FAST.

    Post # 5
    2527 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    I’d do either 5:45 or 6PM 

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