As like many of you out there, I'm currently planning for my wedding and looking to get opinions about having a gap-time between the ceremony and reception.
A little background, I'm Filipino and he is Indian and both grew up in Canada. We really want a multicultural wedding to show our different cultures (Filipino, Indian, Canadian) in our wedding by highlighting through the food and our clothing.
It's been a struggle trying to find a caterer who could do both filipino and Indian well. Somone suggested to us to try having one cuisine as a lunch meal and the other as a dinner. In between the ceremony and reception, not only would be taking photos but also changing outfits.
Here was a suggestion I was given:- morning ceremony 11am - light lunch until 1pm - photos + outfit change- reception dinner 5pm (@ a different venue)
I feel like a 4 hour gap between a ceremony and reception is a bit much. But the idea is we could do pictures and an outfit change. Reception we would be wearing a gown and suit; then reception a lehenga (indian wear) and barong (filipino wear) cultures in our wedding. We thought that the reception would be a time to celebrate our diff cultures and union. The gap time would allow time for pics and dress change but 4 hours is quite a lot of time.
Ps. We were given this suggestion if we couldn't find a caterer who could do both foods and having to deal with 2 diff caterers might be a nightmare.