Post # 1
We’re having our ceremony at 3:00 on a Sunday. Dinner will be served at 5:30 and we’ll have cocktail hour in between. Everything is at the same venue. We haven’t determined when we’re doing the first dance or cake cutting.
Unfortunately pretty much everyone is driving over an hour. We’re having 60-75 total guests. About 25% of our guests are in the 25-30 age range and childless, 40% of our guests will be young families with kids, the rest will be older adults.
How long should we expect guests to stay? We are trying to determine how to best allocate our 6 hours of photography coverage.
Post # 3
If I had to drive an hour or so to your wedding on a Sunday, I’d probably leave by 8pm. 9pm at the very latest. I’m in my 20s without children.
Though I know a lot of kids sleep well in the car. Many of my family members with kids would probably stay until 8pm and let the kids sleep on the way home. That’s what I’d do as well.
So for photography coverage, I guess it depends on how many getting ready photos you want. 2pm – 8pm seems reasonable. Though I am not sure what type of reception you are having.
Post # 4
@carrotstick: I’m 32 with no kids and would probably leave around 9pm. I’d imagine people with kids would leave around bedtime, maybe 8?, so the kids could sleep in the car.
Post # 5
I don’t have kids…but I’d probably leave by 9p.m. too…especially if I had to work the next day.
Post # 6
I’m having a Sunday wedding too. I think it depends on your crowd. Mine are mostly either young or retired, so I don’t think anyone has to work (or at least not early) the next day. Our venue has a rule of no amplified noise after 10, so that’s when we are ending; I’m thinking/hoping people stay until then! We also won’t have any kids there.
ETA: love your venue!
Post # 7
@bowsergirl: We’re getting married on a farm, outdoor ceremony. Horses will be out for people to feed and pet during cocktail hour, which is in the barn. Then we’re having an artisan pizza buffet with beer and wine, open seating in a banquet room. This is our venue.
We’re debating on serving signature cocktails because we’re not sure if there will be many people drinking due to the high percentage of families. I do want to have dancing, but I worry nobody will want to dance on a Sunday night.
Post # 8
Sundays can be a little harder for guests. I’m in my 30’s with 2 children and I’d have to leave by 9.30 at the latest especailly if I had to travel 1 hour to get home.
Post # 9
Yah I’d probably leave 8:30-9 if I had an hour to drive still.
Post # 10
@carrotstick: i just went to a wedding like this. I left by 8:00. Especially because everyone was sitting around, it was not a very lively reception.
Post # 11
We had a sunday afternoon wedding. The ceremony was a smidge earlier at 2:00pm, and we served an early dinner at about 4:00. Our guests consisted mostly of family, but the group of friends that were there did dance for a bit. Most of my family live about 2 hours away, and his about an hour or so. We made our getaway about 5:45pm. We knew going in that we were not going to be having some party all night reception, and that was perfecftly fine with us. We did have a party bus meet us, and our friends at the hotel. We have a small group of close friends, so for us this made more sense. The bus got back to our hotel about 12:00AM.
Post # 12
We had a Sunday wedding and 95% of our guests were from out of town. Most guests stayed till about 1am But they had their hotel room so didnt work the Monday.
Post # 13
If I had to travel an hour I would probably leave between 10 and 11 on a Sunday. I am in my 20’s and don’t have kids, plus I don’t have to be at work until 9:30.
Post # 14
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Attended a wedding on a Sunday and left by 9pm since I had to drive home and get ready for work the next day. When we left the wedding crowd of around 100 people had thinned to less than 20. We don’t have kids but we had to drive an hour home and still wanted time to relax before bed.
Post # 15
@carrotstick: our wedding iis on a sunday arvo as well… reception at around 5pm..we’re actually expecting things to wrap up at 9pm.
Post # 16
@loving_life: Thank you! 🙂
@WreckerBabe: Yeah, a lot of his family lives 5 hours away, so I expect them to leave pretty early if they don’t get a hotel room. (He expects they won’t.) I’m thinking about cutting the cake around 7 or 7:30 to encourage people to not leave immediately after dinner.
@RockStar33: Wow, that’s late! I do hope some people will get hotel rooms.