Post # 1
We are getting married on a Sunday evening for various reasons (religious and otherwise). Most people don’t seem to think this is a big deal, and a lot of people close to us have said they will just take off or go in late to work on Monday.
We were originally going to do 5-10pm, but are thinking of doing 5-11pm b/c we can add an extra hour at our venue for $200… but it will probably end up costing closer to $400 once we add in the extra labor costs, etc. This time slot would include a 20 minute ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.
Everyone seems to say that their wedding went by so fast… we also tend to think weddings go by fast when we are guests! So we are really considering the extra hour… but I get the impression my FMIL thinks this is too long, based on things she has said.
Should we add the extra hour?
Post # 3
If most of your guest are making considerations for the next morning, then I’d add the hour. But, don’t be surprised if some guests leave early.
I opted to add 2 hours to my Saturday wedding to make it go til midnight. I HOPE people stay that long – but the more I think about it – a lot of have kids and childcare issues and I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of people start going home early. BUT – at least there’s the option to stay late if they wanted!!
Post # 4
My wedding is going to be from 5:30-10 pm including reception…what we decided to do is to go out afterwards since we cant add an extra hour due to noise ordinances. I am actually looking forward to the after party part…because then we can really let loose and have fun. BUT if thats not what you are into and you want to stay at your venue…I would add the extra hour.
Post # 5
I guess I should have added that we have a rather large guest list… well it is large IMO. I think it would take us at least an hour, maybe more, to go around and greet all the tables.
So, I wouldn’t be insulted if people left early… in a way I would kind of consider it a plus actually, b/c we would get to spend more time with the people that we are close to (assuming our close friends and family would stay the extra hour).
Post # 6
I would just because so many brides and guests say that the reception (and wedding day) flew by and ended before they wanted it to. Most folks would prefer a longer reception in one location instead of packing up to go elsewhere for an afterparty, which may mean some people driving drunk if they have been drinking at all during the reception itself.
Post # 7
Thanks bees! I’m thinking more and more that it makes sense to add the extra hour, especially b/c the people we are closest with have no intention of going to work the next day anyway! 🙂