(Closed) Time between when ceremony ends and when reception starts.

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: your time difference btw when ceremony ends and when reception starts

    no time difference

    30 minutes

    1 hr

    1 hr 30 minutes

    2 hrs

    2 hrs 30 minutes

    3 hrs+


  • Post # 17
    1063 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    @vegas:  did someone say vegas? if that’s where you wedding is don’t sweat the gap for a min. it will be very tolerable and prbly enjoyable for many

    Post # 18
    9119 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @vegas:  Unfortunately brides and grooms forget that a lot of guests wont want to site see when they are all dressed up for a wedding. Also traffic, especially on the strip, can be a nightmare. So what looks like 20 mins can actually be more like 40 mins.

    We got married in Vegas and what we did was hire a party limo to take everyone, including us, on a photo tour of Las Vegas. We stopped at various locations grabbed a few B&G pictures, group pictures and let everyone take whatever pictures they wanted. We stopped at each location about 10-15 mins and had a 30 min stop at Freemount street so people could use the restrooms etc. We went for about 2 hrs and provided drinks and canapes along the way.

    You can hire all kinds of vehicles in Vegas but a really cool one is the double decker bus which provides a great vantage point for photos.

    Post # 20
    9119 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    @vegas:  Mine was too. I got stuck in traffic on the way to the wedding and ended up being over an hour late. I had gatehred as much traffic info as possible and planned the ceremony time for when there was least traffic but there was an accident on the strip and it created havoc. It was also a very very hot Las Vegas day and an outside wedding. The limo guy was pretty great with taking some ladies to the restroom and running to the liqour store to buy more alcohol, pop and water for the guests as they waited.

    We had all the guests meet in the lobby of the hotel that we were staying at (and most of the guests too) and they were driven to the ceremony with the groom. I came in a seperate limo. Then we did the photo tour and then everyone was dropped at the reception location. We then had the limo come back at the end of the reception to pick everyone up and drop guests at their hotels.

    We had planned to go out partying afterwards but were so exhausted that we just moved the after party to one of the hotel pools (we stayed in condos) instead. A much better idea since we had been partying all week anyway.

    Post # 21
    535 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I’m not much of a gambler, but if my mom was invited to a Vegas wedding with a gap,  she wouldn’t make it to the reception. Personally, if there is more than an hour, I would skip the reception all together. Once I get home Iddon’t want to go out again, and I have no interest sightseeing when I’m all dressed up.Butlike someone else said, a 20 min drive in Vegas could be 40 min, so you’re only ignoring them for half an hour. I’d say open the bar and let them mingle.

    Post # 22
    1863 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I don’t think it’s rude at all to have a gap and not have anything for guests to do. Everyone’s an adult, they can find some way to pass the time without needing to be constantly fed or entertained. I wouldn’t expect a bride and groom to have to entertain me for three hours just cause they had a big gap between their ceremony and reception… I actualy find that way too much to be asking from hosts on their WEDDING DAY. 

    I went to a friend’s wedding a month ago where they had a 3 and 1/2 hour gap. I ran errands, went home, relaxed, then starting doing my hair and makeup for the reception. No biggie. I’m pretty easy going and laid back, though. If I were in Vegas for a wedding, I’d love to have time to do whatever I wanted for a while before the wedding started! I’d just have a pair of flip flops on my feet and heels in my bag to change into for the reception. 

    Post # 23
    302 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Vegas is full of random entertainment and the weather is usually nice, don’t worry about having them walk around town a while 🙂

    Post # 24
    60 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    We are having a home wedding, and ended up with an hour and a half gap between ceremony and reception. We knew we would need more than an hour for photos, as were using our 25 acre property and getting around it all to the various photo spots takes time. In that time we are having out cocktail hour, so the guests will be fed, and have our DJ play music, weve also got a photo booth, giant chess, a glow in the dark ring toss, a chocolate fountain and a few various other things to do while we are getting photos.
    It depends on your area and what there is available. We are in rural Australia, and 30 minutes from the nearest town so setting our guests up with anything else than what weve done would be very difficult.

    If it was me, i would find the most accomodating and pleasing things my guests can do (like another bee said, a limo sight seeing tour) and arrange my time around that, how much time you need for photos etc, and how long it takes to get from ceremony to reception spaces. 

    Post # 25
    670 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Hmm.. maybe it’s only Canada that having a gap is normal? I have never went to a wedding where the reception was right after the ceremony. Even our wedding had a 3 hour gap.

    Post # 26
    245 posts
    Helper bee

    @vegas:  I voted 2 hours 30 minutes.

    We’re having the ceremony begin at 10am, it should end at 10:30am, about 30 minutes to pose for photos outside and getting into the car and all that. (The ceremony is open to the public, so some will be in attendance there who will not be coming to the reception, so that’s their chance to take photos with us).

    Between the time we leave the ceremony venue and arrive at the reception venue (10 minutes’ drive away), we’ll be taking professional photos in the botanical garden across the road. We’ve allocated 2 hours for this.

    Guests are free to do whatever they want in the meantime (I know they will have a lot of catching up to do), but the meal will be served at 12:00 at the reception venue so they had better be there in time! Wink

    Post # 27
    7547 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I’m not a fan of gaps. If I’m somewhere for a wedding I probably wouldn’t make sight seeing plans. I especially don’t want to do that if I’m dressed up. I would provide drinks and apps at the reception venue. 

    Post # 28
    13377 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    I think it’s pushing it.  Generally,  a gap over 45 minutes is considered inconsiderate to guests. 

    Post # 29
    1668 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

    @vegas:  When all is said and done I think that an hour is not bad. Typically at the reception people get caught up in talking and the recieving line. If you add about 10-15 minutes of chit chatting (including the receiving line, or could be longer if there are many guests) then have 20 minutes, you have killed approximately 35 minutes. Add on some traffic and it could be longer. I think that you are giving a reasonable amount of time.

    Post # 30
    329 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We had 2 hours in between; our ceremony (and the receiving line) was done around 3:30, cocktail hour started at 5:30.  It was a 20-30 minute drive in between, so that killed a little time, and I think traffic and finding the reception venue (it was a little off the beaten path) took a little more time.

    We made sure our guests knew there was a public bar at our reception venue (a golf club), so they could hang out and get drinks there if they wanted, and we put out word of a few places to stop between sites. DH’s parents’ house was opened to family, one of his co-workers who lives nearby hand the rest of his co-workers over for beers in between, a few people just wandered around, a few went home (we were local), one girl’s dress broke and she had to go to Target to buy a new one on the spot, a lot of people didn’t really dress for the ceremony (not scrubby, but just not like, cocktail reception attire) so they went home and got ready in between… People found stuff to do, especially since we made sure people knew there would be a gap and could plan accordingly, and if they arrived at cocktail hour a few minutes early, they weren’t turned away.

    So I think you’re fine.

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