Post # 1
My family really wants me to be able to extand my reception if the guests end up having a great time. The only problem is that it will cost a lot of money to do so! They said they will pay for the reception hall, but I would still have to cover the DJ. Our budget is pretty tight and so I would love to keep everything confinded to the five hours, but I am also afraid if the guests really want an extra hour and I don’t go ahead with it, I will regret it later. What do you think? Did any of you have the same dilemma? How did you resolve it?
Post # 3
Our reception was about 4.5 hours and I think it was a good amount of time. Yes, I wish I had more time to talk to people, take pictures with people, dance, etc. But at the same time I do not wish my reception lasted any longer. I was SOO tired by the end of the night!! There is even a picture of me dancing with my husband where I look half asleep! We didnt plan on how late ours would go. It was just about 11:30 and I said to my husband “Im tired, I kind of want to go” and he did too so at that point all our guests started making their way for our grand exit. Our ceremony was at 6 PM and our reception ended at 12 AM. It was a good amount of time for us.
Post # 4
I extended my reception and if I had to do it again I wouldn’t! I would rather leave my guests wanting more and leaving on a great note that running out of steam during that last hour and having people leave before the wedding was over. At 10:30 I noticed that our guests were starting to get tired (they were crazy and the dance floor was packed since 7). We had our venue until 12 and when I started seeing people get tired I started to get very anxious. I had a lot of people leave during that last hour and maybe about 1/2 the guests stayed for our last dance.
Post # 5
We had about 6 hours and it was perfect, people were dancing until the end but some of the older relatives didn’t stay until the end. We were tired when it was over but there were a handful of our friends who had a bit of an after party at the hotel.
Another wedding I attended also chose not to extend and they were happy not to. I talked to the bride after and she said she would rather stop the party early and leave everyone wanting more than to drag it on to the point where guests got bored.
Post # 6
We thought about doing this but decided not to. Ours was a Sunday night, but we decided to end it at 9pm. It was going to be a lot more to extend it with the hall, dj, caterers, servers etc. Everyone had fun till the very end and nobody left early. I felt going out with a bang wanting more was better than a few drunk people left dancing at the end of the night with most people gone or bored. Also a lot of people had an after party but we enjoyed just going back to the hotel.
Post # 7
Our reception lasted from 7pm to 1pm and it was perfect for us!
The older people left at random times but the younger crowd was with us on the dance floor until the very end! It was awesome! Perfect amount of time for us and our group of friends.
I was so high on life that day that I was partying to the very end and DH and I read all of cards when we got back to the hotel room! We didn’t want our wedding day to end!
Post # 8
It depends on what kind of person you are. If you are outgoing and really want to be able to talk to everyone who comes and squeeze every minute of party out of the night, then you might regret not extending, even if tha tmeans going over budget. However, if you are more reserved and the reception is more of an afterthought to the ceremony, you might be relieved when the night officially ends, giving you and your husband an excuse to disappear into newlywed bliss.
Our reception ended at around 11:00pm, but my parents arranged for an after party right next door. For us it ended up working out, but I was honestly so exhausted I thought I might pass out. Luckily no one gave us a hard time when we decided to go to bed (for once in our lives), but that didn’t happen until 1:30AM.