How long for a reception?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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1114 posts
Bumble bee

I think this sounds like SUCH a fun reception to be at! I love it!

Ultimately the timeline is up to you, but I would choose to serve the cake earlier. Family will stick around – no doubt about it! But some guests feel they NEED to stay at least til the cake is cut, as common courtesy. Honestly, it’s way better to get all the “neccesaries” out of the way early. Food, cake cutting, speeches, dances. That means people have plenty of time to mingle and party, and those who need to leave early can do so. 

Post # 3
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7169 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

typically receptions are 3-4 hours long but they can last longer.  as long as everyone is having fun, people will stay.  can you set cake cutting at 4 and give people the choice to leave then if they want.

my recption was 8 to midnight.  we had cake cutting at 10pm or sometime very close and practically everyone stayed until midnight, even my great aunt and uncle in their 80’s.

 

Post # 5
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3742 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

11mikesgirl21:  I agree. Cut the cake right after the meal. I think ending at 6:30pm is absolutely fine.

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