Okay I'm asking this on this board because I think a gap between the ceremony and reception is more common in my area, everyone else on the other boards thinks that it's a horrible thing to do. I've never been to a wedding that didn't have a gap, guests usually just go out and get drinks on their own or visit with eachother or go back to their hotels and relax for a bit.
We booked our officiant the other day and because she already had a wedding on the same day, we had to pin down a time for our wedding. So I did up an timeline of the entire day and this is what I came up with:
|1:00 ||Ceremony starts |
|1:30 ||Receiving line |
|2:00 ||Pictures start |
|5:00 ||Guests start arriving for cocktail hour |
|5:30 ||Head back to Hotel for Reception |
|6:10 ||Grand entrance into Reception |
|6:20 ||Dinner starts / Slideshow starts |
|7:00 ||Speeches |
|7:45 ||First Dance |
|7:50 ||Father / Daughter Dance |
|7:55 ||Mother / Son Dance |
|8:00 ||Cut cake |
|8:10 ||Dance floor open, party begins |
|9:00 ||Boquet / garter toss |
My thought was that if there has to be a gap (the venue requires at least 2 hours because our ceremony and reception are in the same room), then I should make it big enough that people can actually have time to go do something...so I thought 3 hours was fair...
Any suggestions? If I'm going to change the time of the ceremony, I'd have to do it soon...