(Closed) Timing of events for a Catholic Wedding

posted 8 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
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6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

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
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591 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
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708 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

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 # 9
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2066 posts
Buzzing bee

Timing is great.  I hate the dreaded gap between ceremony and reception. 

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