Post # 1
So my wedding is on a Friday evening. I’m thinking the ceremony at 6, hopefully done by 6:30 and the reception directly after. The reception will have food, drinks and music. My venue requires all music to be off by 10 and everything cleaned up by 11 (except tables and chairs because they handle that). I’m just wondering if 3 1/2 hours is too short when alcohol is involved or if it will be fine. I can move the ceremony to 5 but if people can’t get the day off they might not come if it’s earlier. What do you ladies think?
Post # 2
I’m having a 3 1/2 hour reception also, on a thursday (friday is a holiday so it’s basically like a friday wedding). I know its going to seem pretty short but we will be on an organized schedual so we will get everything accomplished. Can you plan some sort of “after party”. We are planning to maybe go back to the hotel bar/restraunt
Post # 3
To me, the cost would have to be less along with the time alotted. 3.5 hours is kind of short. You may feel a little rushed.
Post # 4
Milibee13: Its doable, but you may feel rushed (and possibly sad if it goes by too quickly!) if I were you i’d move the ceremony back – people at my work leave early all the time for weddings! I really don’t think people mind, its a very special occasion!
Post # 5
Dinner, speeches, and all the other wedding stuff takes about 2 hours. That leaves an hour and a half to party. Not too much time in my opinion.
Post # 6
Oh also we aren’t doing all the special dances and stuff. Just me and FI will be doing ours but no mother/son or father/daughter. Speeches kept to a minimum and the bouquet and garter toss. Is moving it to 5 good enough.
Post # 7
I think 3.5 hours is fine, but yes, moving it to 5 is good too. The people who want to be at your wedding will leave work early if it’s possible for them to do so!
Post # 8
If I were you I would move it to 5pm. I think you will feel that your wedding day will just fly by!
Post # 9
If it makes you feel better my entire wedding is slated to be 2 hours long! We couldn’t afford a whole day of rental so we had to go for a 4 hour rental and the wedding ceremony can’t start any earlier than 6:00. So the wedding is from 6:00 to 8:00.
There are no booze at all allowed at the venue so I imagine it won’t be hard for us to tell people to pack it up and move it out once they have had time to eat and socialize.
Post # 10
my reception was 4 hours, so a half hour shorter does not seem short at all.
2 hours would be short.
Post # 11
What about moving it to 5:30? a 4 hour reception would be fine!
Post # 12
I had a Friday wedding. Starting time was 6:30, cocktail hour 7-8, reception started at 8 and the last people left at 12:30. Do your friends love dancing? If so, start at 5. The dancing was the most fun, but didn’t start until around 10. If I was you, I’d move it to 5 to allow as much time as possible to celebrate.
Post # 13
My reception is from 6-12. definately try to start your ceremony at 5!
Post # 14
Milibee13: I would move it to 5 so you don’t feel rushed.
It also depends on if you’re drinkers or not. I like to drink and dance so it is not long enough for me, whereas my FI HATES drinking and dancing, so the less the better! It depends what you’re going for.
For our wedding, our ceremony is 6:45pm (roughly 20 min) then app/dessert reception to follow, the dance/party will wrap up around 1am. I’m hoping this will be long enough! I’m sure it’ll go by too fast.
Post # 15
Most venues here do a four hour evening reception.