How to fill the gap between your ceremony and reception

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While you as part of the couple will often be out getting photos taken, this gap can sometimes leave your guests in a bit of limbo. Which is why it’s important to think about this gap, how long it’s going to be, where it’s going to take place, and what you can fill it with for your guests.

The biggest thing you want to consider when it comes to this gap is the vibe. You’ve started your wedding, been married in front of your closest family and friends, and are ready to celebrate all together. The last thing you want to be doing is killing the mood for yourself and your guests by having too much of a gap between your ceremony formalities and the beginning of your reception celebrations.

While you as part of the couple will often be out getting photos taken, this gap can sometimes leave your guests in a bit of limbo. Which is why it’s important to think about this gap, how long it’s going to be, where it’s going to take place, and what you can fill it with for your guests.

The biggest thing you want to consider when it comes to this gap is the vibe. You’ve started your wedding, been married in front of your closest family and friends, and are ready to celebrate all together. The last thing you want to be doing is killing the mood for yourself and your guests by having too much of a gap between your ceremony formalities and the beginning of your reception celebrations.

Organise canapé hour

The most popular way to fill up this gap, particularly if you’re having your ceremony and reception in the same place, is a canapés option. Even if you’re having a sit-down meal later in the evening, having somewhere your guests can go to mingle, grab a bite to eat and celebrate with a drink is a great way to keep the vibe going for your wedding.

Alternatively, grazing tables are becoming increasingly popular and this is the perfect situation to bring your guests together around some food.

Being an informal part of the day it also means you’re not going to miss out on anything while you’re having your photos taken.

Organise canapé hour

The most popular way to fill up this gap, particularly if you’re having your ceremony and reception in the same place, is a canapés option. Even if you’re having a sit-down meal later in the evening, having somewhere your guests can go to mingle, grab a bite to eat and celebrate with a drink is a great way to keep the vibe going for your wedding.

Alternatively, grazing tables are becoming increasingly popular and this is the perfect situation to bring your guests together around some food.

Being an informal part of the day it also means you’re not going to miss out on anything while you’re having your photos taken.’

Suggest a nearby pub or drinking spot

A lot of guests will want to have a drink between the ceremony and reception, but when your ceremony and reception are in separate locations it’s also important to think about safety when it comes to driving.

Suggest a few local hangouts near the final reception location so that they know where they need to be for the final celebrations, and can travel there sooner rather than later. It also means you’ll have somewhere nearby where your guests can then relax before the day really kicks off.

Suggesting something yourself means that you don’t need to worry about how your guests are getting to the reception or whether they’re going to be late. Bonus points if the local watering hole is in walking distance.



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