(Closed) Time Btwn Ceremony and Reception???

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
5263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

We’re only going to leave about forty-five minutes to an hour, because our ceremony and reception are in the same building. We’ll probably have appetizers and drinks downstairs while the bridal party takes pictures and the room gets switched around. Most weddings I’ve been to have been at a church and then reception hall, and they’ve all left about 1 to 2 hours, depending on travel time. 

Post # 4
1209 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

There is not going to be anytime between my wedding and reception. My wedding is under a huge rotunda and on the same property there is a reception hall with a huge outdoor plaza. We are taking all of our pics (even mine and FI) before the wedding.

Post # 5
1570 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

One hour – the cocktail hour. There will be beverages, passed hors d’oeuvres and possibly our chamber ensemble playing (if I can find the extra dough in the budget. I really want them to keep playing.)

My good friend got married with 3.5 hours between the two, at separate locations, and it was great, nobody minded the break to go get coffee or relax at the hotel.

Post # 6
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We have a 3-part wedding:

Ceremony (30 guests)

30 min for pictures (family, posed shots – mainly all the wedding guests anyway)

Dinner (30 guests)

90 minutes for more pictures (fun ones)

Cocktail Reception (200 guests)

Everything is at the same location, near a lot of fun things to do and adjacent to the hotel where most people will probably stay. So, I’m not too concerned about the 30 guests finding something to do for that 90 minutes.

Post # 7
2781 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We’re leaving a couple hours. In that time we want to get all our family portrait photos done and we need to travel the 30 mins to get to our venue (depending on traffic) and I want to have sandwiches at the venue ready so that the wedding party can have something to eat before the reception begins and the rest of our families and guests arrive.

Post # 8
928 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We’re having a cocktail hour for our guests while we do pictures, so about an hour. They’ll have cocktails and apps!

Post # 9
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Our ceremony and reception is at same location; just different areas of the building; so 45 min-1 hr in between for cocktail hour while we take photos

Post # 10
2186 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

hmmm our ceremony will be at 230, cocktail hour at 530, dinner at 630, dancing at 730 til 11… that leaves a gap of about…. 2.5 hours in between. I will be taking pictures, and since the ceremony and reception are about 2 miles apart, it will give the shuttle enough time to run once or twice to get the folks who dont want to drive, or give em time to walk around the beauuuuuuuuuuutiful campus before heading to cocktail hour.

its in a tourist town so im not too worried.

this gap is always common with certain religious weddings (catholic weddings are infamous for it since you have to have the ceremony around the normal mass times which means an earlier ceremony and later reception for most off site places…)

Post # 11
605 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

our ceremony and reception are all in the same place–we are having the ceremony, 1-hour cocktails and then then dinner reception with no time gaps.

Post # 12
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We have 3 hours between the ceremony at 2 and cocktail hour at 6.  Our reception location told us at 6 pm would be ideal for start so we went with it.  So we are making  a “Things We Like To Do” Map with suggestions of places to go and things to do during the break. 

Post # 13
2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Half hour!

We had our ceremony/cocktail hour/reception at the same venue, so we left a quick half hour between the ceremony and cocktail hour for guests to mingle, freshen up, whatever, while we took family portraits. It ended up being more like 20 minutes before we were all at the cocktail hour bar though 🙂

Post # 14
2859 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

No time at all. We’ll do all of our pics before the ceremony, then we’ll have the ceremony start cocktail hour directly afterwards, followed by dinner.

It’s easy when your ceremony and reception are at the same place.

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