Post # 1
a spin off question from my last post about having a no dancing reception. IF I have dancing at my reception would an hour to an hour and a half suffice? I will not be dancing and neither will fh, just mingling around chatting to our guests if we are not canoodling lol. I am just wondering how long I should allow for if people want to dance, we will be leaving to catch a very early flight the next day and want to have left our venue by around half 9 to 10pm but if we have dancing latest will be an 11:00pm exit. So how much time should I add on to 9pm if I am to have a little time for people to dance before ending the night? Also, if we have only a short time for dancing how can I let people know the night is drawing to an end? We cannot cut the cake as that needs to be done earlier in the evening so the caterer can cut the rest of the cake ready for guests to take home.
Post # 3
I would say just don’t have it honestly since it will be such a short amount of time, but if you do decide you need one or want one, I would go with 2 hours.
Post # 5
Dinner is starting at 7 and its a 5-course, sit down meal so I dancing will probably start around 9ish and go for about 2 hours.
Post # 6
If you don’t have dancing, guests will probably be leaving not long after dinner and cake. I think most guests like to dance (as supported by previous threads here), but it depends on your crowd. I think 1.5 – 2 hours of dancing would be plenty. We are only having 2 hours, and I know that’s on the short end. Most weddings I’ve been to were 3-4 hours, and I can’t dance that long! I have left early from weddings when it just goes on and on of dancing. But you may be okay with no dancing and leaving early… get to the wedding night sooner. 😉
Post # 7
I think if you’re dancing would be that short, then I migt consider going without it. Can you and your husband leave before the guests? If so, you could dance/hang out for an hour than leave (at 10pm). If the guests wanted to keep going until 11, then they could without you.
For our wedding, we had dinner from 7-9pm, then dancing from 9-1:30am. Not a lot of people danced, but those of us who did, had fun.
Post # 8
Ours will be about 4.5 hours. Dinner ends about 8:30, and we have until 1am. That’s the norm here.
Post # 9
I was suprised how many people were getting down at mine. people will dance the night away if you let them. They just need time to warm up 😉 I would say it was about 4-5 hours of it at ours and it was a little difficult kicking people out cuz they wanted to party longer lol
Post # 10
We are having about 4.5 hours of dancing. Dinner ends around 7pm and the bar closes at 11:30. The DJ will stay until midnight if there are still people dancing.
Post # 11
The vast majority of ours will be dancing. Dinner, speeches (during dinner), and then dancing for the rest of the night. So probably 4 hours?
Post # 12
@LunaFleurLavender: I didn’t vote; the dancing portion of ours will be 5-7 hours.
Post # 13
Ours was about 4 hours of dancing.
Post # 15
ours is exactly two hours. our dinner starts at 8, and dinner, toasts/speeches, cake cutting and the three special dances are scheduled to end at 9:30. we have open dance floor until 11:30.
Post # 16
We’ll have 2.5 to 3 hours or dancing.