(Closed) What is the longest time between ceremony and reception you've ever seen?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’ve been to a wedding at 11.30am but then the evening reception wasn’t until 7.30pm. This is quite common in the UK if you have an afternoon and evening reception. My sister and I went shopping!

Post # 3
Hostess
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

4 hours with no cocktail hour! And the wedding was in a farm town with LITERALLY nothing but a gas station, a liquor store, and a taco bell.

To top it off, the food was atrocious and they had 6! bottles of wine for the 75 people at the reception. Everyone ended up going to the liquor store and tailgaiting in the parking lot, rather than spending time in the hall. 

Oh, and to pass the 4 hour gap, there were 3 pictures on a side table with some crayons that you could color in. So 8 of us, all in our late 20s/early 30s, sat at a table for 4 hours coloring with nothing to drink or eat.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Probably about 6 hours- morning ceremony, dinner at 6.  I come from a Catholic family, so gaps are normal and expected.

If it’s in town (and I’m not part of the “follow the couple around” group), we go home and relax, usually with any out-of-town relatives who may be visiting.

If it’s out of town, they we hang out with other relatives/friends from the wedding, check into the hotel, grab a snack (it’s fun to go to Taco Bell dressed in full on fancy clothes), go to a bar, go check out the sights…  Basically just find something to occupy our time.  I’ve brought a book before and just sat at a Starbucks for an hour reading.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

The longest I’ve been to was almost 7 hours I believe. There was a tea ceremony in the morning and that was enough time to drive from LA to San Diego and back. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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Anonyfish:  I think 3 hours. I had no where to go so some other guests graciously invited me back to their hotel room to unwined/drink/hang out. By the time cocktail hour started, people were starving but there wasn’t much food despite the open bar. People were pretty sloshed by dinner.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

A friend of mine (not a really close friend) had a four hour gap, 40 minutes from where I live. I know it’s bad but I just skipped the ceremony and showed up at the reception and I wasnt the only one. There was really nothing to do out where the wedding was for four hours.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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Anonyfish: My cousin had 2 or 3 hours between his ceremony. It was annoying.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Bring spare walking shoes in the trunk of your car 🙂

– lunch with a few of the other guest you know.

– bowling

– visit an art centre or musume

– get a couples pedicure/manicure  after the ceremony

 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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Anonyfish:  As annoying as it is, I think you need to realize that couples who are getting married in a church often have no options. There are set times for wedding ceremonies, and who wants to then attend a reception at 3 pm? People have the right to schedule their reception for the evening – just as you have the option to decline the wedding if it inconveniences you. 

That said – are you staying in a hotel? I would just go back to the hotel room and relax. If not, I’d probably check locally for a nearby starbucks or bar, like you said. 

We went to a wedding w/a gap and the couple’s parents actually had a little get together at a nearby restaurant which was nice. I actually dont mind going to back a hotel to relax, take my heels off for a little bit, touch up my makeup, etc. 

I do understand how annoying it can be – I would just mingle around after the ceremony – drive somewhere to hang for a bit (have some appetizers since theres no cocktail hour) and the 3 hours will pass in no time. If you know other guests, bring them w/you and it will be fun, I bet! 

Post # 12
Hostess
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

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Anonyfish:  Here’s the kicker… the entire night she was bragging about how she got a certificate in “wedding planning” and patting herself on the back at what a great job she was doing. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

mine is 6 hours. haha. but my reception venue always started at 8, and with the church there’s really no leeway in that, so yes a 6 hour gap between my church ceremony and reception. the church originally wanted noon and i was able to push it back to 1 so i’m happy about that 🙂 

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