Post # 1
This might seem straightforward but I just want to check to see what other Bees thought. Right now we have our DJ booked for about 4 hours. Our ceremony is at 4:30 and our reception will start at 6:30. Dinner will be served at 7:00, speeches will be said during dinner, there may be a few games, and then we will start the dancing around 8:30 and have everything end around 12:30 to see the bride and groom off. That is our timeline at the moment.
My questions for you:
A) Is 12:30 too early to end a wedding reception?
B) Is 4 hours enough time for dancing?
C) Would you change anything about this timeline? If so, why?
D) What did YOU do??
Any questions answered and any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks BEES! 🙂
Post # 3
Keep in mind we only have the venue booked until 1:00am.
Post # 4
Not married yet, but 12:30 isn’t too early to end a reception…at least where I’m from. I’ve been to many weddings that end by 11. However, I know that in Ireland, they party all night!
I would nix the games you were thinking of. Usually people just want to get up and dance! Also, will you be playing music during dinner?
Post # 5
@crackktheskyy: Great to know! Thank you! We may play music during dinner after the speeches are done, just classical background music.
Post # 6
@stephanie1989: seems like enough to me! We have to end ours at 10 because it’s a residential area but we are continuing the party at the hotel bar. Can you do that? Honestly though your wedding sounds pretty long so I don’t think you’d need to! People get tired (the older crowd). We will have about 3 hours of dancing total and I think it’s plenty
Post # 7
Where we live, every venue closed by 1am at the latest so it was expected. We figured the DJ would start packing up around 12:30 to be done by 1 but they actually kept going and we kept dancing until 1am.
Post # 8
This is our timeline:
7 grande entrance
715 dinner served
745 speaches and toasts
815 cake cutting
820 first dance
830 father/daughter + mother/son dance
1030 Bride//groom thank you
11 late lunch
1pm last call
Post # 9
@stephanie1989: 12:30 is just fine, and 4 hours is more than enough. After 4 hours we were ready to be done as we just wanted to get back to the hotel room. We danced until about 1:00a (but that’s because the poor DJs were so good about waiting for us to start the dance at 8 when we really started at 8:45p)
Post # 10
it depends on your crowd. Locally, I think that’s a good time. I have been to longer celebrations, but it just depends on the group.
Post # 10
Thank you everyone! 🙂 I feel much better about the length of the reception now!
Post # 11
Most receptions end around 11:30/midnight here.
We are starting our ceremony at 4 pm, followed by a cocktail hour, dinner will be served at 5:30 pm.
Bar, candy buffet, photo booth will open up at 6:30 pm, with dj & dancing until 11:30 pm. We have the reception space all night, but we need to clean up after we are done [both sets of parents & some friends are helping]. So total, we’ll have 5 hours of dancing/other activities, but time will be take for cake cutting/bouquet/garter tosses.
Post # 12
stephanie1989: Have you asked your DJ how he would do his time line? I know my DJ wanted to be all set up before the guests arrive – although we do want him there to be playing music for coctail hour and dinner. Just don’t forget that his 4 hours most likely includes his set up and break down time.
Post # 13
jenilynevette: That sounds like a good timeline! I’m so glad people are ending their receptions earlier than 1:00am, it makes me feel a lot better!
Purplelicious: That’s a good idea, I will definitely do a check in with him! Thank you!
Post # 14
stephanie1989: I’m 30-something and 1230 is LATE to me. PLENTY of time for me to eat, dance and scoot home.
Post # 15
stephanie1989: Noise oridance for me reception must ent at 10 p.m. and venue must be cleared of personal items by 11 p.m.!