Post # 1
Another bee just posted on another thread something to the effect of “your reception will go so quickly”
That wasn’t my experience at all! In fact, we ended up leaving 45 minutes earlier than scheduled, because I was so tired. I hardly slept the week up to the wedding, ran on adrenaline the whole time, and when we sat down after the wedding was over, for dinner, I think I could’ve fallen asleep right there at the head table.
I actually asked my husband if we could leave as soon as we were done with the first dance, hahaha… he said no.
(Don’t get me wrong, I definitely enjoyed myself and danced the whole night, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t counting the minutes until we got to leave and just have ‘us’ time instead of being around so many people!)
Post # 3
I’m so worried about this! All this time and money spent… I really hope that I don’t feel like its over before it started. I built in 2.5 hrs of dancing time at the end and I honestly hope I’m sick of it by the end of the night! lol. I want to walk away feeling like “wow that was great… and now I’m so over it” rather than “OMG I wish it could keep going longer”
Post # 4
I had a good time at my reception, but, yeah, it seemed to drag for us. In fact, there was a long period of time where we were both just kinda standing there, thinking, “What’re we supposed to do now?” All the reception activites (first dance, dinner, table visits, cake cutting, parents dance, etc…) only took like two hours… So we left and took a bunch more pictures with our photographer, lol. Everyone left an hour earlier than we expected, and I didn’t mind. 4 hours was long enough!
Post # 5
Our reception was from 5-11, with a cocktail hour from 5-6, dinner, dances, etc.. There were things that I didn’t even know happened, it’s like I was in a bubble the whole time..
Post # 6
I was ready for it to be over in the end. It was great, we had lots of fun, but I was very tired.
Post # 7
@ddw: How long was your reception? Ours is going to be on the shorter side I feel like because we have cocktais 5-6, dinner 6:15-7:15, dances, then open dancing from 7:30-10.
Post # 8
At the time I was so tired and just ready for bed but looking back I wish it was much longer. (and maybe i wish i wasnt thinking about sleeping so much, lol)
Post # 9
I’m having a morning wedding, so the whole shebang is only 5 hours. We have the Ceremony at 10am, and then “cocktail” from 10-11am, followed by lunch, cake cutting and dancing from 12-3:00pm. We have a full weekend planned for guests, but the actual wedding itself is short! I hope it goes by fast and fun but I also hope lunch doesn’t take 2 hours leaving us only an hour for cake cutting and a dance!
Post # 10
@CorgiTales: We had it scheduled 6-11, but I think by the time we got there it was probably 6:15. We did dinner, then cake cutting, cake buffet (we cut a small cake and had costco sheet cakes pre-cut and ready to go – they were amazing!), first dance, parents dance, and then dancing. I think the dancing probably started somewhere between 7:30 and 8, because I think the first time I asked J if it was time to leave yet, he said it was only 8, hahahahaha…
We left a little after 10pm, with a sparkler send off. Everyone danced until the end (well, some folks left when dancing started – there was a recent death of a child in the family and it was understandly hard for them to feel celebratory, and we were just so glad they were able to come at all) and a lot of people seemed disappointed it was winding down – I heard plans being made to go out to a bar 🙂
Post # 11
We had a fairly long time and I thought it was good.
Our wedding was at 2 pm, we were back at the house (where we had the reception) around 3:30. From 3:30 till 5 or so we had cocktail hour and got some pictures, it was a really pretty day so all the kids were playing and everyone got some sun. Dinner and toasts and all that good stuff lasted from 5 or so -7. Then 7- midnight was dancing, cake, parent dances, bouquet, games. A few people started leaving around 10 pm but most people left between 11 pm and midnight. Nothing felt rushed or too long to me and we were lucky since it was a backyard wedding that people could hang out as long as they wanted to dance.
Post # 12
We had a shuttle scheduled to pick our guests up after the reception. We actually called them to come an hour earlier because the party was pretty much over! Cocktails, dinner, and dancing went by faster than we planned out and we had a good 2 hours of straight dancing! So, we actually ended ours earlier than planned.
Post # 13
My reception went really fast!
I had a great time and didn’t leave the dancefloor all night – dinner ended at 8:30 and the reception went till 1am. It was fabulous and I enjoyed every minute.
Post # 14
Our reception went from 6-11. It absolutely flew by. I had the best time ever. I didn’t want it to end. We were the last ones to leave. And we all went over to a friend’s house for an impromptu after-party. It was so fun!
I dragged DH out of there around 2am so we could go back and enjoy our room at a gorgeous hotel on the beach.
We were supposed to stay for a while the next day to enjoy the pool. My mom arranged a late checkout. But it was gray and cloudy so we went home and ended up having an impromptu open-house/bbq at our house. So many people came by it was like another reception.
Post # 15
It seemed like it went at a normal pace to super fast (depends on what points in the evening). But, on the whole, it definitely flew by.
Our ceremony was over at 4:45. Cocktail hour began and guests were seated for dinner at 6:30/6:45. We had the venue til midnight and we stayed that long (I didn’t want to leave my own party, so no grand exit). I remember being really sad around 11pm (when our photo booth was wrapping up and I barely had a chance to get any pictures!).
People started thinning out post-cake (I was actually surprised how many – people who had to wake up early the next morning, had childcare issues, were tired, etc.) but a decent sized group stayed til the end. I would have been happy hanging out and dancing for another hour or so… but I was super tired, by the time we reached our hotel.
We got there after 1am and hit the hotel bar for a drink and just time to decompress and talk about the day. It was a perfect time for just us.
Post # 16
The day of, it lasted the perfect amount of time. I remember hearing the last song and thinking “Oh, its over?” but at that point I was sort of glad – I was getting tried and my shoes were just starting to hurt. Looking back on the day though, I do feel like it went by quickly.