Post # 1
I’m wondering how long your actual wedding reception will last, beggining with cocktail hour and ending with the last dance. I am trying to figure out whether we should start our cocktail hour early (3:30 or 4:00) to avoid the “Catholic Gap” with our 2:00 PM ceremony. The county has a noise ordinance that requires us to stop all music at 10:00 PM.
Looking forward to your input!
Post # 3
@Macchiato: Our reception venue does a 5 hour reception, including the cocktail hour. It starts at 7 though, which is pretty late. We haven’t figured out many of the timing details yet because our wedding is still pretty far away. You might get more responses with a poll.
Post # 4
Our ceremony is at 3, the cocktail hour starts at 6, with dinner beind served between 7:30-8. After dinner ends, dancing will start and the bar will stay open until midnight. The reception will officially end at 1, but the music will probably stop 30-45 minutes before that. So I guess 6-7 hours? Wow, that seems like a long time, but I guess its pretty standard around here.
Post # 5
My reception is 4 hours long. We’re not doing a traditional cocktail hour, just some light appetizers and drinks for about 30 minutes. Dinner will probably be about 45 minutes to an hour max. The rest of the time is for toasts and dancing.
Post # 6
our reception starts at 5, although I am going to see if we can let people into the venue at 4, to start with cocktails and stuff while bridal party leaves to do pics! oh and its ending at 10
Post # 7
We are having our cocktail hour start right after the ceremony and it will last an hour maybe an extra 15 minutes if needed. I think it all depends on how much dancing you want to be part of the wedding and how many courses your serving.
Post # 8
We will have our ceremony 5:30pm-6:00pm, which will be followed by a cocktail hour from 6-7pm and then our reception from 7p-11pm. All events will be at the same venue. I am going to try to keep introductions and dinner over a short period of time, and don’t mind if we do our father/daughter and mother/son dances while people are being served salad, and speeches during dinner. I’d prefer to speed that up and maximize our time to drink and dance!
Post # 9
Mine is 6 hours. Catholic ceremony at 2:00pm and cocktail hour starts at 5:30 pm. Reception goes to 11:30 pm.
Post # 10
5 hours. Our cocktail hour was from 6-7 and our reception went until 11.
Post # 11
5 hours. It’ll go from 7pm-12am.