Post # 31
I must be in the minority, but I would attend both. In our area, it’s almost the normal to have larger gaps. Our gap will be about 3 hours as well, but it was unavoidable. We have to be off the grounds of our ceremony venue by 3pm, and our reception starts at 5/6.
Post # 32
Ditto with the people who said attend the ceremony! The ceremony is the most important part of the wedding. Skipping that and just going to the reception is a great way to say, hey! we’re here the party and that’s it! As someone who had people who couldn’t make it to both parts of my wedding, I was so happy that people chose to come to the ceremony . . .
Post # 33
I think it is rude to only go to the reception. It’s 3 hours. You will survive.
Post # 34
I honestly think 3 hours is a bit much…then to spend 4.5-5 hours after is awful. Normally I’d say it’s a crime not to go to the ceremony but I don’t know if I would do it for someone I didn’t know. I’d actually decline altogether, or attend just the ceremony and let them know you cannot be at the reception later so that you’re there for the part that matters.
Post # 35
That’s enough time to go to a movie…so go to one. You only live an hour away get online and google it, there could be a museum to check out or some bookstores.
Post # 36
- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
I don’t think that’s ever acceptable, except in situations where the person absolutely could not get out of work. The most important part of the day is the ceremony. While 3 hours is a long time I am sure there is at least a coffee shop or diner or something you can hang out at. If you guys know other guests I am sure you can tag along. Bring a good book. Or don’t go at all.