(Closed) Time gap between ceremony and reception??

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 16
2256 posts
Buzzing bee

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ck2015:  I think an hour is a good wait. Whether you have dinner after that hour is up to you. You can most certainly do your first dance, some toasts, and then start dinner, with dancing after. That’s how we’re doing it, because of how the venue is set up.

Post # 17
2256 posts
Buzzing bee

Doing a first look also may help with time, because if you’ve taken bride/groom pics and some bride/BM and groom/GM pics, then you’re mostly done. You just need some group and family shots.

Post # 18
9538 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

First looks are the best! Get all your pictures done before so you can enjoy your cocktail hour without leaving your guests standing around twiddling their thumbs! That’s what we did, though we did do some large group shots during the cocktail hour and that worked well. 

Post # 19
382 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Cottage on the Creek

zero. thats what the cocktail hour is for. I mena, if there’s a 30 minute drive to cocktails, then a 30 minute gap obviously, but dont make guests wait around. 

Post # 20
1546 posts
Bumble bee

Every wedding ive been to has had a cocktail hour of AT LEAST a full hour while the couple get photos done. Most have been nearly 2 hours. I love it and so do everyone else I know. That time is usually spent drinking, wandering the reception venue, taking photos, munching on appetizers, writing in the guestbook and chatting with everyone. It takes a good hour to do all those things! Maybe its different but where we are from weddings are quite small and family/ close friends only so everyone knows each other and no one gets bored.

Post # 21
180 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2015


ck2015:  Our Ceremony and Reception are both at the same venue, the ceremony starts at 5.30pm and reception at 7pm. There is cocktail hour inbetween while we do family photos but as we want photos at other locations too we have decided to do our photos before the ceremony. the photographer is going to set up a “reveal” so we still get picks of my hubby to bes reaction to seeing me in my dress  🙂

Post # 22
1476 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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ck2015:  Fiance and I are doing a “first look” 2 hour wedding portrait session before the ceremony (customary in my country). Then our approximate time line is:

15.00 Guests arriving at church

15.30 Bridal party walks in 

16.15/16.30 Ceremony finished: photos on the church steps

17.00 Coach leaves with guests

17.15 Guests arrive at reception venue

17.20-ish Bride and groom arrive at reception venue

18.00/18.30 First course served


Post # 23
663 posts
Busy bee

I wish we could’ve been at our cocktail hour too but I think the only way to do this is to take all pictures before and my husband and I were adament about not having a first look until I was walking down the aisle to him. Our signature drinks were only served during cocktail hour but for the wedding party, since we missed out, they served them to us all night long. Also they saved us whatever hors’deouvers that were left so if your concerned about food/drinks that you’re spending all this money on, ask your caterer if they can work out a deal for you and your wedding party.

Post # 24
1339 posts
Bumble bee

I will go against the grain here. We had about a 2 1/2 hr gap Between ceremony and first champagne on the terrace (we didn’t have appetizers). This is the norm for the weddings I go to. Plenty of time for photos and for guests make their way between ceremony and reception and have a drink or two. ive only been to one wedding where the two were in the same locations and thus they had the ‘cocktail hour’ whilst the bridal party took their photos. 

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