I'm having trouble with the timing of it all. The place we want to get married will only allow weddings in the morning, the last one ending at 1:00pm. Even if we are super lucky, and get that last appointment, we have quite a gap in festivities. The reception hall wants us to start at 6:00 PM, and I'm sure if I ask them nicely, I can get a cocktail hour as early as 4:00, but that still leaves quite a large gap.
Has anyone ever been to a wedding with downtime between wedding and reception? Is there anything I should do for my guests to make it better? The appeal for us and our wedding party is obvious - more relaxed time for pictures, a few moments to gather ourselves before the real party begins, hell maybe even a lunch or some gelato to tide us over... but for the rest of the guests, I'm guessing it would be a hassle. Thoughts?