Post # 1
So my fiance and most of his friends are from Massachusetts and they think that 5 hours is a pretty typical length of time for a wedding reception, including cocktail hour. They say that 11:00pm is about the standard end time. I as well as most of my friends and family are from Ontario, and I find that weddings in Canada tend to be longer (maybe 6-7 hours) and end well after midnight!
I’ve also noticed a few other differences with Canadian weddings. I think there tends to be more speeches (usually bride and groom and their parents, best man, MOH and other friends and relatives!) There is usually a “midnight snack” brought out, which I guess makes sense since the weddings go later! Has anyone else noticed differences between American and Canadian weddings?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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 🙂