How long did/will your wedding last?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: How long did/will your wedding last? (Beginning of ceremony to end of reception)
    2 hours : (1 votes)
    1 %
    3 hours : (4 votes)
    4 %
    4 hours : (8 votes)
    8 %
    5 hours : (16 votes)
    15 %
    6 hours : (15 votes)
    14 %
    7 hours : (20 votes)
    19 %
    8 hours : (15 votes)
    14 %
    9 hours : (9 votes)
    9 %
    10 hours + : (16 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 3
    525 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - Italiano's Humble

    We’re figuring about a half hour or so for ceremony, then regular reception will be 3-4 hours. We are hoping to rent a beach house, so there will be an after party, etc…maybe even a night out on the town, followed by breakfast for those who have to leave the next day.

    I could probably deal with something very long, even the break up festivities. Where the ceremony is early, reception is super late. As long as there’s time in between that I can find something interesting to ME, and do it. Especially if I’m an OOT guest.

    Post # 4
    10219 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Mr TTR & I are Encores… so we chose to Elope to a Destination Wedding.

    (Just the 2 of us saying our Vows to one another on the Beach)

    Our Ceremony on the Beach was about 10 Minutes… then we had some photos taken to round out the 30 Minutes that we had paid for our Photographer.

    Then it was back to the Hotel Bar for a Celebratory Drink, before heading off to Dinner at one of our favourite oceanside Restaurants.

    After that back to our Room to call Family & Friends, send out Emails, have a shower, and then pop a Bottle of French Champagne and sit on our Balcony overlooking the ocean and savour the day.

    Beginning to end… Ceremony to back to our Room = 4 Hours.

    Add to this, we had a Back Home Reception Party when we came back from our Honeymoon… that ran 5 Hours (8 PM to 1 AM)

    — — —

    My first Wedding was the BIG White Pouffy Family type Wedding.

    Ceremony at 4 PM – Photos for about 30 Minutes – Cocktails at 5 PM – Dinner at 6 PM – Then Speaches, Cake Cutting, and First Dance – Party beginning at 8 PM – Bouquet & Garter Toss just before Our “Sneak off to Change” around 11 PM – Back in time for Midnight Munchies… Sandwiches, Desserts etc – More Dancing – and closing it all down well between 1 and 2 AM (We left at 1 AM, some of our Guests partied on until 2 AM)

    Total… Ceremony to end of Reception = about 9 to 10 Hours

    That is pretty much what a Canadian Family Wedding tends to look like.  A long drawn out event, heavy on the Partying (Reception alone often being 6, 8 or more Hours)

    Lol, part of the reason when I go to a Canadian Wedding… I ALWAYS GET A HOTEL ROOM… even Weddings in my own City, I usually don’t drive home, cause I know that the Reception Party is going to be a BLAST !!


    Post # 5
    209 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Our ceremony started at 2.30 pm. We then had drinks for a couple of hours before a meal at 4.30 pm. We moved straight onto the evening reception at 7, with a band and a DJ. We finally finished at around 1 am. 

    Seems like a long day, but it’s pretty average in the UK. In fact, some people did question why I was starting my ceremony so late!

    Post # 6
    3255 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Ceremony 5:30-6:00, cocktails 6-7, reception. 7-11… So 5.5 hours total 🙂

    Post # 7
    11379 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    7 hours total.

    6-6.30 ceremony

    6.30-8 cocktails & hors d’ouvres

    8-9.30 dinner

    9.30-1 dancing & drinking

    fyi, my dh and i did all of our pictures on-site prior to the ceremony.

    Post # 8
    852 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @elindsp:  Ha, ha. I’d have been one of them! We started at 12.30 it was a bit of a rush in the morning but I dont know how we would have fitted everything in in we had started later.

    We finished up arond 12.30 I think. So 12 hours of wedding….I wish it could have been more.

    Post # 9
    1243 posts
    Bumble bee

    1:00 pm – ceremony (26 guests)

    1:30 pm – champagne reception/toasts

    2:00 – 4:00 – luncheon

    4:00 – 5:00 – guests relaxed enjoyed cocktails/relaxed on our boat, and the boats of friends while we had pictures done (some guests drove to the reception venue)

    5:00 – 6:00 – ceremony guests and wedding party traveled by boat to reception venue

    6:00 pm – reception start time. Reception guests (appx 100) arrived at the venue, enjoyed food and cocktails while they waited for us, recet

    1:00 am or later it was over (we left around 11 pm, but I know many of our guests stayed and enjoyed dancing, drinks and food)

    Post # 10
    10906 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009


    My ceremony began at 6 p.m., and my reception concluded at 11 p.m. However, because our ceremony was about an hour and ten minutes, and because we had to have bride and groom pictures (and formal shots of the entire bridal party) taken in between, we missed our hors d’oeuvres hour. By the time dinner service began at our reception (after our introductions and first dance, and the speeches and toasts), it was after 9 p.m.

    By the time I freshened up after dinner, I was completely stunned to learn that we only had one hour remaining to do all of the following: have family pictures taken, have the dances with our parents, cut our cake, greet and mingle with our guests, and have our last dance. Obviously, there was NO WAY we could do all of those things in less than an hour, so we literally never had time to even greet the vast majority of our guests. I was absolutely DEVASTATED about this. I had not even met some of DH’s family, and I never had an opportunity to introduce my family and friends to my husband. I had not seen some of these guests in years, and because of distance, I don’t know if or when I will ever see them again. In hindsight, I would have done a lot of things differently, because I feel as if I missed my own reception.

    Post # 11
    2319 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Our ceremony will be from 630-7 PM’ish on a Saturday evening, and the reception will be from 1-430 PM on the next Sunday afternoon.

    Post # 12
    655 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Ceremony 4:30

    Dinner 6:30ish

    Reception 8:00ish

    End 1:30ish (last shuttle left for the hotel)

    So… 9ish hours?

    We stayed until everyone was gone.  This is a typical end time around here.  Most folks who get married in the local churches (we did not) have their ceremonies start around 2-3, and their receptions will still end around 1-1:30.

    Post # 13
    2661 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    Ceremony: 10am

    Reception: 10:30am (starting with cocktail hour)

    ends at 4pm

    So 6 hours from start to finish. It’s a little more compact because our ceremony and reception are at the same location, so we’ll just flow from one to the other.



    Post # 14
    1355 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

    Our wedding will start at 4:30 and the reception should end by 8:30. We’re going to clean the reception hall then go to our house for a s’mores and hot chocolate post-game, so that goes on until question marks, but the actual at-the-venue wedding day is only 4 hours long.

    Post # 15
    4998 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Our wedding was almost 11 hours.

    2:00-2:45pm – Guests arrived

    3:00 – Ceremony meant to start

    3:15 – Ceremony actually started (oops!)

    4:00-5:30 – Drinks, ice cream, popcorn and group photos

    6:00 – Dinner served

    7:30 – Speeches

    8:00 – Evening guests arrived

    8:30 – First dance

    8:30-10:00 – Ceilidh

    10:00 – Fireworks

    10:10-10:45 – Evening buffet

    10:45-1:00 – Disco

    1:00-2:00 – Guests slowly left

    2:00-7:00 (allegedly) – Some of the guests had a rather raucous after-party (whilst we were in bed).

    Post # 16
    3699 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Ceremony started at 4:30. We had to be out of the venue at midnight. We went back to the hotel, but 90% of the guests went to a bar until it closed at 3am.

    So “wedding” was about 7.5 hours. Guests partied after made a total of about 11 hours.

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