Gap between the ceremony and reception

My ceremony goes from 2pm-3pm. The reception will go from 5pm-10pm.

What can we do about the 2 hour gap in the middle? Is 2 hours a lot?
Posted on March 11, 2007 at 6:16 pm
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Won't you need time to relax?
Posted on March 11, 2007 at 6:18 pm
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Two of my friends recently got married. They took pictures besides the church, had a luxurious ride to the beach, took some more pictures (with the bridal party), and then entered the reception in style.
Posted on March 11, 2007 at 6:19 pm
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A 2 hour gap is a lot IMHO.
Posted on March 13, 2007 at 7:54 pm
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Outsider question - won't a longer break give the two of them a chance to relax? I figure they'll have been up for many hours at that point.

In the meantime, the guests can be kept busy with a cocktail hour. It also gives guests time to freshen up and steel their reserve for a long night of revelry.
Posted on March 14, 2007 at 11:10 pm
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I agree with srini that a longer break isn't a huge problem. The last wedding I attended was Chinese-Indian style and literally lasted all day --

9am-noon: Indian Ceremony
noon-2pm: Lunch
2pm-5:30pm: Break
5:30pm-7pm: Cocktails
7pm-midnight: Dinner, entertainment, slideshow, dancing, etc...

Seeing how my friends and I had only flown in for the weekend, the break was good for us to go wedding present shopping and have time to recharge for the rest of the festivities.

On the other hand, the next wedding I'm attending is going to have just an hour between the ceremony and reception - it will be at a winery, and the hour break will be for attendees to do wine tastings.

I think a 2-hour break will be an opportune time to do wedding photos and relax a bit before the reception. Remember, it's your day!
Posted on March 15, 2007 at 7:47 am
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Whoa, 9am-midnight?? That's a really long wedding! And here I was concerned about 2pm-10pm.
Posted on March 16, 2007 at 8:17 pm
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I'm probably looking at a 2 hour gap... I'm hoping coctail hour & guest book pages (and photo booth -  if I get one) will keep them busy...

Posted on November 24, 2008 at 7:22 pm
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My gap is also about 2 hrs coz in that time i'm taking pics and i've organized a cocktail hr for the guests where they ill eat finger foods and drink juice and wine... that should keep them busy and hopefully not notice the 2 hr gap.

Posted on November 24, 2008 at 8:18 pm
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I don't think the gap is that big of a deal. We have one and there was no way around it and although I'm not happy about it I've learned to live with it. Our ceremony starts at 2PM and will probably be done by 3-3:15. We are having a receiving line to chew up some time. Our reception starts at 6PM. They have a wedding before that ends at 5:30 so my guests can arrive anytime after then. The hotel we are booking rooms at is 3 minutes away and there are a ton of restaurants and shopping centers (with coffee shops) that they can go to. I tried to work around it but our church wouldn't marry us later than 2 and the reception site couldn't get us in before 6 and we fell in love with the place. I don't think too many people should have a problem with it. I've been to tons of weddings where there has been a gap and we have always just found a coffee shop to sit and hangout.

Posted on November 25, 2008 at 1:11 am

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