POLL: How long is your ceremony+reception?

How long is your ceremony and reception?

My ceremony is 2pm-3pm
Pictures at the church from 3pm-4pm
One hour break from 4pm-5pm
Reception from 5pm-10pm
Posted on March 12, 2007 at 11:31 am
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willywanda
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We had a 45 minute church ceremony and about a 4 hour reception. After all of the standard reception events (entrance, toast, cake, etc.), only a few people danced and they eventually left. Most of my guests were pretty reserved so I didn't really expect them to party all night :). That's ok, my DH and I were pretty tired after 4 hours already.
Posted on March 13, 2007 at 7:31 am
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Our ceremony was about 30 minutes. We had a mini reception after our ceremony and that was about 1 to 1.5 hours. Our reception was 5 hours (including cocktail hour).
Posted on April 12, 2007 at 4:30 pm
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Ceremony alloted 30 minutes
Cocktail Hour: 1 hour
Reception: Up to 5 hours, but prob'ly will be 4.
Posted on April 12, 2007 at 5:05 pm
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rosy - what do you mean by a mini reception? Was it at your ceremony site?
Posted on April 12, 2007 at 5:09 pm
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Srini- yes, it was at my ceremony site. Since I did have a gap between my ceremony & reception, we served dim sum, fruit and refreshments at the church's meeting room.
Posted on April 12, 2007 at 5:15 pm
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Margaret, do you have things for people to do between 3 and 5pm? Can they serve cocktails at the reception or something? You don't want your guests loitering around bored for two hours...
Posted on April 13, 2007 at 7:33 am
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I know =( The gap is a huge problem because Saint Mary's only allows ceremony at 2pm, and Yank Sing can only start setting up around 3:30pm.
Posted on April 13, 2007 at 9:38 am
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Some of the things you can suggest to your guests are: Ferry Building, Chinatown, Downtown, Japantown, Lombard Street, Ghiradelli Square, Pier 39, or Fisherman's Wharf.
Posted on April 13, 2007 at 1:05 pm
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The church is really close to Japan Town... maybe that will be ok?
Posted on April 13, 2007 at 1:33 pm
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Ghiradelli Square might be a bit touristy and crowded, but nothing beats a mid-afternoon ice cream there.
Posted on April 13, 2007 at 9:29 pm
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We had a 30-45 minute ceremony. Getting everybody out including receiving line it was probably 1 hour. We had our recp immediately following the cere because we had an hors d'oeuvre time for our guests while we took photos. Dinner was about an hour with toasts, (5:30-6:30) cake cutting and bouquet toss about 30 mins, (6:30-7:00) then dancing (7-9:30). It was hot so ppl didn't want to dance for as long as otherwise. Cere started at 3 pm and we were out of our recp by 10 pm.
Posted on April 17, 2007 at 12:11 pm
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Margaret, I think it's not that uncommon for people with Catholic ceremonies to have a break inbetween the ceremony and reception. Some people really dislike it and I understand where they're coming from, but I personally don't mind the extra time inbetween. The extra time gives you a chance to chat with the other guests, some of whom you don't get to see very often. At the very least, there are a lot of fun touristy things to do in SF so hopefully the guests won't mind too much.
Posted on April 18, 2007 at 6:26 am
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Ceremony 2:30 - 3:00 ish

Reception right after. The wedding is at Fiance's dad's farm, makes things a lot easier...
Posted on April 18, 2007 at 4:14 pm

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