The short answer is: yes.
Receptions may be more fun than ceremonies, but the ceremony is the main event and watching two people make a commitment to one another is why you are here, so your attendance as a witness to their vows is your ticket to the party.
Can you go to reception and not wedding?
While there are certain situations that make it acceptable to invite some guests to the ceremony and reception and others to just the reception alone, you should never do the opposite. Inviting someone to your ceremony and not to the reception would most likely hurt their feelings, so you shouldn’t even consider it.
Is it rude to skip a wedding?
It’s only terribly rude to skip a wedding for no good reason if you’ve already said you would attend and just decide on a whim not to. If the wedding is of a peripheral relative or friend of the family with whom you aren’t close or in frequent contact, you shouldn’t feel obligated to go.
How long is a standard wedding reception?
How long each event lasts depends on your party—is it a simple cocktail wedding reception or a seated dinner? (The average reception with full meal lasts for about four hours.)
How do you entertain wedding guests between ceremony and reception?
Fun ways to entertain guests between the wedding ceremony and reception
- Book an experience afternoon.
- Turn your photo shoot into a picnic.
- Organise games/activities.
- Hire a city tour bus/boat.
- Hold a dance-off.
- Hire an entertainer (such as a band, comedian, caricaturists or magician)
- Send guests on a mystery tour.