(Closed) Weird wedding experience: Time between ceremony and reception

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 16
9720 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

snowflake8 :  If you hosted a cocktail hour you didn’t have a gap. A gap is when there is period of time between the ceremony and reception where nothing is hosted by the couple and usually there’s no where for guests to go. You hosted one continuous event part of which was a cocktail hour.

Post # 17
265 posts
Helper bee

That is incredibly rude of them. 

Post # 18
1010 posts
Bumble bee

Bar hopping?  3 hours?  I would have left as soon as I saw the pictures on FB.  Would have been back in my hotel in my PJs sipping a glass of red wine and watching tv.  

Post # 19
608 posts
Busy bee

This happened to us last year.  Not only did the invitation say that cocktail hour/reception was immediately following the ceremony at the reception hall, the Pastor confirmed that was the plan at the end of the wedding ceremony.  So we all rushed from the church to the reception hall where we waited in the lobby for nearly 3 HOURS.  There was no food, drinks or even chairs for guests to sit on while we waited.  Once they finally let us into the reception hall itself, it was another hour until dinner was finally served (but at least we could sit down and have some water).  We thought something had gone very wrong, but when we asked the bride later on what happened, she said that she and the wedding party were just hanging out in the bridal suite relaxing and having finger foods.  Seriously.  While over 300 guests waited in a cramped foyer for almost 3 hours with nowhere to even sit. 

The bride is a friend of mine who is usually incredibly kind and thoughtful and caring, always giving to others, etc. which is why we seriously thought something had gone wrong. This type of thing is just not like her.  Giving her the benefit of the doubt, maybe she just didn’t realize that her guests were starving, thirsty and in need of a place to sit down…but it’s not like her family weren’t there to give her a heads up that this was going on. The whole thing was just very strange and one of the worst wedding experiences, unfortunately. 

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