(Closed) Did people stay until the end of your wedding?

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

People stayed right until the end of our wedding.

Ceremony was at 1:00 pm. Reception was at 5:00 pm until 12:00 am.

So we had a big gap as well.

We left our reception at 11:30 but we were told people danced right until the DJ started packing up at 12:00 am.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

You’re welcome. I honestly wouldnt worry about it. If you have guests who like to dance, party, etc… you’ll definitely have people stay until the end.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Most people stayed until the end of our wedding. Our cake cutting was at 10:00pm and the wedding ended at 11, I didn’t see anyone leave until after the cake was cut. And those were only people who had to drive home and weren’t staying at the hotel. Our ceremony wasn’t until 5 and we didn’t have a gap adn the band did an amazing job of spacing everything out, so there was constant activity which definitely all helped.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

It would depend on where I was staying.  Most of our guests stayed in a hotel and we had a shuttle service provided for the day (and didn’t have a gap so it was a much shorter day for everyone) so pretty much everyone was there until the last minute.  If I were a guest at your wedding and I was staying in a hotel at or very close to the reception venue then I probably would stay at least close to the end, if not all the way to the end.  If I had to drive home, I would probably leave closer to 11, because 2-12 is a long day.  I would definitely expect that your older guests would be gone well before midnight.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I just want to add that by the time 12:00am rolls around on your wedding day you will probably be thankful the crowd has dwindled down. It’s going to be a long day for you as well as your guests so you’ll probably be really ready for some sleep! Talking to all those people is fun but totally exhausting and draining. We were really stressed out ahead of time about the idea of leaving our guests to go to bed on our wedding night, but since we lasted until around 1:30am and there were probably only like 20 people still hanging around that made it a lot easier.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think it depends too on the type of guests that you have and if they are driving in for your event. 

for our wedding we did not have a gap and mostly our friends stayed until 1am.  Our families which consisted of mostly older/elderly people opted to head back to their hotel rooms or home at midnight. 

I did notice that anyone who was driving home or drove in for the wedding did leave earlier.  so around midnight or before then.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We had a smallish wedding (75 guests, including us), and everyone stayed until the end. We had a 20-minute ceremony, one hour long cocktail hour, and a four-hour reception.

I’m also a wedding planner, and a big trend right now is receptions going longer than five hours (some last up to six hours). Almost every wedding I’ve done that has a guest list of more than 100 people, guests start to leave around the 3-4 hour mark. Usually it’s the elderly guests and families with small children.

However, most young people stay until the very end.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Yeah, most people stayed until the end of the wedding.  The wedding began at 6pm and my parents friends who had to drive left around 10:30.  But our friends stayed until the end.  We were lucky since the reception site was at the hotel where everyone was staying so we all ended up going to the hotel bar afterwards!

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

This is my mom’s biggest fear. I personally dont think we are going to have a problem with it. My ceremony starts at 5:30 and ends at 11 with no breaks in between. If these ppl cant make 5.5 hours pshhh well buck up haha!!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We had a lot of people leave right after dinner and cake. Our ceremony started at 4 and was immediately followed by a cocktail hour and the reception. It was pretty much our older extended family members and people we didn’t know (parents’ friends) who left early. Those who are near & dear to us stayed well past the end of the wedding through our after party.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I agree with moderndaisy. But I probably wouldn’t stay until the end. Midnight is late for me. I agree about the hotel situation too – if people aren’t driving and are taking a shuttle to a nearby hotel they will probably stay later.

There are many variables – it depends on the crowd I would say.

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