(Closed) Which is better? Afternoon Reception or Evening reception with a 5 hour gap

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What time should I have the reception?
    Afternoon Reception : (53 votes)
    74 %
    Evening Reception with 4-5 hour gap : (19 votes)
    26 %
  • Post # 31
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    2268 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    aileen.farrell:  Wait, I’m confused. You’re having two ceremonies on the same day within 3.5 hours of each other? So the people that come to the first ceremony have to sit through a second ceremony? You get married at the first ceremony. There is no point in having a second one. I might have missed it, but I don’t understand this at all.

    Post # 32
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    4767 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    crackktheskyy:  I was thinking this exact thing.  2 ceremonies so close seem so much more odd than a 5 hour break.

    OP: what are your reasoning for 2 ceremonies?

    Post # 34
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    2268 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    aileen.farrell:  I honestly wouldn’t. No one is watching you get married the second time around…you will already be married (hooray!) 

    If you’re worried that people will have difficulty coming to the first ceremony because of the gap, I don’t think that having a second ceremony on the same day is the best way to go about things.

    Post # 36
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    aileen.farrell:  i’d def suggest not to go down this route.  

    basically just have immediate family at the Catholic ceremony that is being held at noon (but I think we will also let people know about it and that they are more than welcome to attend)<br /><br />This makes no sense it’s either small family only or its not.  As a guest I’d def think it is odd that I’m invited to two pretty much back to back ceremonies and if I were only invited to the not real one where you actually get married, I’d feel really wierd about that too knowing that it just happened earlier…

    Why r u overcomplicating things?  Why are you worrying so much about what adults will do with their time travel and 3-5 hours between events. 

    Plan your ceremony and reception, send invites and let your guests manage their time by themselves. They don’t need you to plan a 2nd ceremony so they can have 3 extra hours of sleep.  Sorry this is ridiculous.

    Post # 37
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    2053 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I actually think a 5 hour gap is better than A 2 hour gap. It gives your guest time to go back to the hotel, have lunch, change, take a nap, whatever. I would not think its a big deal, so I voted for the evening reception. Because what time would the afternoon reception be? 2pm – 6pm? That is a totally awkward time between meals!

    Post # 38
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    208 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    aileen.farrell:  Yes, that is my point 🙂 We are having our wedding in the church, too.  We just got special permission from the bishop to have it at the time we wanted it, not at the time the church “said” we had to have it.  Perhaps the bishop in your diocese would bend the rule for you, too?

    Post # 39
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    6015 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I’m Catholic but that 5hour gap is ridiculous.  You can drive from Baltimore to NYC in that time.  You could fly to another country in that time.  I would do the afternoon reception.  Your guests will be spending more than a full work day dealing with your wedding, and that’s crazy.  Roughly 9 hours, one hour for a mass, the four hour reception… I would maybe attend the ceremony or the dinner but no way to both.  Besides you’re makeup and dress and BM’s are going to look a little exhausted by the end of it all. 

    Post # 40
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    398 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    Meh, I actually think I’d prefer a long gap over a short gap. With 5 hours, you could nap, you could actually go out and do something, you have options. The worst gaps are the ones that’re like an hour and a half or two hours. It’s long enough to be bored and not long enough to do anything about it. 

    Besides, remember, a ceremony that starts at noon will end at 1:00, so the gap isn’t actually as long as it seems.

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