How long is/was your reception?

posted 2 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How long is/was your reception?
    less than 3 hours : (0 votes)
    3 hours : (2 votes)
    5 %
    4 hours : (12 votes)
    29 %
    5 hours : (16 votes)
    38 %
    6 hours : (6 votes)
    14 %
    more than 6 hours : (6 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 2
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Our reception is set for 5 hours! 

    Post # 3
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    4.5 hours for the reception, including cocktail hour.  Our ceremony was only half an hour and was at the same location, so we were on-site at the venue for 5 hours total.

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    Ours was 6 hours, guests arrived for cocktail hour around 6pm and we had to be done by midnight.

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Ms_Purple:  We’re doing the same timeline! 6 hours. In at 6pm and out by 12am.

    Post # 6
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Our reception begins at 5pm – cocktails first, then a antipasto bar and dinner with dancing after , I expect the last of the guest will leave around 12-1am, based on previous weddings with the same guests. We have the reception hall until 2am though.

    Post # 7
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    esk716:  cocktail hour was 1 hour. dinner reception was 4 hours long. our wedding ceremony started at 4 p.m. we were in our hotel suite by 9:20 p.m. perfect for me since i get tired around 10 p.m.

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    Commenting to follow- I can’t decide if I want four hours or to add an additional hour for a fee

    Post # 9
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Ours was 5. 1 hour for cocktail hour and 4 for the actual reception. I think it was the perfect amount of time.

    Post # 10
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    634 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    The venue that my fiance and I are considering is just half an hr for the ceremony and then 4 hr reception.

    Post # 11
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    We will be having a social hour from 6-7, dinner will be served at 7, and then the dance will go from 8:45 to 12:45.

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Ours is only 3, but it’s during the day so we don’t expect a lot of dancing.

    Post # 13
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Our cocktail hour started a little before 4 and most people didn’t leave until around 11.

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

    esk716:  

    Eight hours … Guests arrive at 5 p.m. and have just over an hour for cocktail hour. Dinner is four course sit down that starts at 6:30 and ends at 8:45 including speeches and entrance. Then by the time we are done the first dance, etc. it will be 9ish and then we will have dancing after with a late night buffet. Depends what you want to do, really. FI wanted a party … So a party is what he got.

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    Depends on what you consider to be the “reception”…we are having cocktail hour from 6:30-7:30 and then reception until 11:30. So either 4 or 5 hours, depending. We are hosting an after-party, too, though!

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