Post # 1
My Fiance and I are having a Catholic wedding followed by a cocktail hour and dinner reception. Most of our guests are coming from out of town and won’t be familiar with the town (it is a fun place and there will be things to see if they walk around downtown where the reception will be held). Should we then not have a huge gap between the ceremony and the cocktail hour or will people want to have that break after the “long” ceremony? As of right now we have the ceremony scheduled for 2-3:30 then the cocktail hour going from 4-5 and dinner at 5:30. What do you think, hive? Just right or wait to have the cocktail hour not start til 4:30 or even 5?
Thanks for any suggestions/advice!
Post # 3
My ceremony is at 1 and my cocktail hour isn’t until 6. Yes it sucks and it’s the one thing that I’m not happy about for my wedding but it’s the way it has to be. Will some people not come to the ceremony? Absolutely! And I’m ok with that. The ones that should be there will be. My plan is to give people options of what to do in the gap both on my website and in the Out of Town bags. They’ll be in downtown Chicago so there are many options.
Post # 4
i think thats a good timeline – is your famly catholic? most people are used to the catholic wait and expect it in catholic weddings. we are having our ceremony at 3 , ends at 4 – our cocktail hour starts at 5 so we have an hour gap – the reception venue is only 20 minutes from the chruch but they told me that if people start showing up early (before 5) they will have the bar already set up.
Post # 5
We are having a catholic ceremony, also. There will be a gap in between our ceremony and cocktail hour. Ceremony starts at 2 to about 3 or 3:30, then the cocktail hour will begin at 5. We are going to take pictures with our wedding party from 3:30-5 and hope to join our cocktail party (give or take a little bit of time). I’ve been to many catholic weddings with a gap. We can’t start our ceremony any later because of confessionals which start at 4 at the church. I think this is pretty standard among catholic weddings. In the past when we’ve had a break, we’ve done things like gone and got coffee or a small bite to eat or even gone home and relaxed. I think it is perfectly acceptable!
Post # 6
We had a two hour gap, and with transportation (the reception was 30 mins from the church) I felt like we didn’t have as much time for pictures as I would have liked. Your guest will be fine with 2 or even 3 hours in between
Post # 7
@ATHfallbride: that timing is perfect! I wouldn’t change a thing.
Post # 8
Thank you so much, ladies! This has been very helpful!!
Post # 9
Timing is great. I hate the dreaded gap between ceremony and reception.