holy time gap, what did/would you do?

There is a massive (maybe i am exaggerating?) time gap between ceremony and reception.  The church I am hoping to use only has an 11am availability and the reception would start at 5/6pm.  If i do my math right and ceremony ends 45m to 1hr later, receiving line takes about 30 min, and commute to reception site is 30min.  This will only eat up approx 2hrs of time.  Did any of you have a large gap between ceremony and reception?  How did your guests handle it?  Did anyone plan any activities for your guests in between?  How did your hair/makeup hold up?  and lastly what did you and your husband do in between?

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm
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As far as make up is concerned, don't worry about it.. It can be touched upagain if it fades out ( but it won't :P ) 


Okay, for guests, you can have a small dance party.. may be out door, with some snacks. Since you have a good gap inbetween, you have to make arrangements for lunch. 


And if you have huge guests, forget dance and you can utilise the time for wedding photoshoot. Get some good potraits, get your guest in photgraphs. That will be fun.


 


 

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 5:28 pm
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It is important to keep your guests in mind with a gap like this...what are the out of town guests going to do except go back and sit around at a hotel, if that is even a possibility? Personally, I think about 2 hours is fine, because as you said, after the ceremony there is the receiving line and people have to get to the reception site...but anything past that is kind of rude IMO. If you had 2 hours and then guests could go to the reception site for cocktails and h'orderves, that's much better.


I could see even putting right on the invites: Ceremony 3 pm, Cocktail Hour 5-6, Dinner/Reception 6-??  That way people would know what kind of timeframe they are looking at...but I personally think starting the ceremony at 11 is problematic because then you would have cocktails from like 1-5...which is weird. I would almost suggest planning a lunch buffet in the meantime but that's a lot of extra expense on your part.

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 12:51 am
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Can you talk to the reception hall about allowing the guests in earlier?


Can you move to a different church? Maybe have a Justice of the Pearce?


This is why I rented a hall for an entire day and have drinks, Cheese and Fruit platters set out. This is the inexpensive way I opted to handle it.


I am doing everything in one location, but things still need to be setup and taken down from ceremony to reception.

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 2:58 am

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