(Closed) Are wedding receptions longer in Canada than the US? (New England area)

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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6 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m from Canada, but have been going to school in the US (North Dakota) for the past 6 years.  I’ve went to many weddings in both countries over the years..there are no huge differences on time.  It totally depends on the wedding, but most weddings in Canada that I have been to are done around the same time as they are in the US, and there are around the same number of speeches.  It totally depends on the bride & groom however, because they decide how many speeches they wish to have.  A difference I have noticed is there is usually a “grooms cake” that we don’t have in Canada; so at many US weddings I have seen 2 cakes, instead of just 1 in Canada.  But as far as time goes as you are talking about, most weddings are done around the same time in both countries.  The midnight lunch may be a difference, too.  I’ve lived in both countries for many, many years and I see no huge differences.  We are so similar in many ways! 🙂 

Post # 4
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341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

I’m from Canada.. Have never been to an American wedding… but every wedding I’ve gone to here has been into the wee hours of the morning… 1-2 am 🙂 . But I’m also from the East Coast !!!

Post # 5
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6 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Both coutries have wedding that go to 1-2 in the morning in my experience, but the reception part of the wedding (dinner, speeches, etc.) usually go to 11:00 pm, then a dance to follow.  I know it depends on the exact area..for example, Minot, North Dakota has a city bi-law that they can only serve booze until 12:30 am, so weddings end there end a little earlier, but in Grand Forks, ND, they can serve booze until 1:00 so that is more similar to Canada.  The only difference I have noticed is in Canada we like to drink A LOT, dance, and have a get time haha and the US weddings I have been to they seem to be a little more reserved, but overall weddings in both countries are very similar!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I don’t know from experience, but from what I have read I think Canadian weddings do last longer.  Most weddings here last until 1 or 2am.  We typically do the midnight lunch (especially out in western Canada though I went to a wedding in Newfoundland and none of them knew what it was!) as well.  My wedding reception will go from cocktails at 5pm to the end of the dance at 2am!  I also think it is more American to do the groom’s cake because I haven’t seen that at any weddings I have been to 🙂

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