(Closed) What can guest do between the wedding and the reception

posted 6 years ago in Family
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

What’s nearby? I’d go grab a bite to eat and/or a drink.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

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notsoshort23:  On my wedding website, I gave guests a heads-up that there would be a “Catholic gap” and provided some ideas for them during that time. These included local bars (for friends), playgrounds (for those with kids), museums/art installlations, and I also included the option of going back to their hotels to rest up for the big party!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

Can you set up the hall the night before? Are you having a plate dinner or a buffet? The best wedding I’ve been too had everyone who wasn’t taking photos- go to start dinner because buffets mean long lines. All the guests were fat&happy when the bride+groom arrived.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

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yupmarried:  Agree with yupmarried. Consider having your guests start eating and drinking before you arrive. It will keep them happy and relaxed. Also, they will all be assembled to joyfully greet you upon your arrival. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Honestly. I don’t think you need to worry about it.  The guests can take care of themselves, and I don’t mean that to be rude in any way.  This is very normal with every wedding I’ve been too (perhaps because most were church weddings).  As a guest I’ve gone to a friend’s for drinks/apps, gone to a bar for some drinks, or gone to the hotel to check in/change into fancier clothes for the evening.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Why is there that gap?  Just wondering, we didn’t have a gap and that’s why. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

Every wedding I’ve been to where there’s been a gap, we just go and grab a few drinks somewhere.  We had a short gap (2pm ceremony, guests were gone from the church by about 3pm and the reception venue opened at 4:30pm) and I think most of our out of town guests went back to the hotel (it was close to the reception venue).

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

We’re having lawn games and decks of cards and activities for the kiddos. Most of the guests are family, and they’ll be in pictures anyways, so there won’t really be a lot of down-time between the reception and ceremony since we’ll be taking pictures. (We’re also having the ceremony and reception at the same place, so it’ll just be a short walk from one place to another)

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

People always go have a couple of drinks here during the gap. It is very normal here to have the gap between the ceremony and the reception, and no one plans anything for guests in between. It wasn’t until I saw so many posts here that I realized that not everyone has a gap.

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