(Closed) Too much/too little of a gap between ceremony and reception?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I am having a 3 pm ceremony and it will also be over in about 30 min.  Our reception will not start until 6pm.  Pictures take a while and I know its a big gap but almost everyone is local.

Post # 5
3049 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I think the timing is fine. Don’t worry about them waiting to long without y’all… I’m sure they can have fun with each other. And if you need more time for pictures then it’s ok too. As long as they have a cocktail hour to keep them busy it will be fine. Perhaps the DJ can get them started too?

I don’t think the time should be too long though… the 3 and 6 one seems too long. I would be so bored in between and just want to get it over with. But every guest is different!

Post # 6
18 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

As much as guests dont like the gap between the ceremony and reception, they also need to realise that this is usually the only time for you to have your professional photos done. 

These are the only thing you will have left to remind you of your special day and you dont want to feel rushed and left wishing you had more time for photos.

I would allow a bit longer between the ceremony finishing and the cocktails and hors d’oeurves (maybe an extra half an hour) – this would give guests a chance to not feel rushed to get the the reception site, and would also give you an extra half an hour for photos.  If your photos do finish early, you could always join your guests for finger food before the official reception start. 

5pm is quite early to start the dinner, especially if it will be finished by 6.30pm.

Post # 7
459 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

As an out-of-town guest, I would definitely find that extra time to be annoying. It is short enough that there isn’t time for the guests to go back to the hotel and freshen up…not enough time to do anything, really, other than stand around awkwardly waiting for the doors to open.

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