(Closed) How many hours of dancing…

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

At my reception, dinner will be served by 6:00pm and music needs to be turned down by 10:00pm (outdoor reception). Music will be turned up for dancing after dinner & cake-cutting. I figure it would be about 7:00pm by the time we do our 1st dance and get out on the dance floor. There will be plenty of alcohol at the reception so I actually expect people to be out there with us. I think 3 hours will be plenty for dancing.

I do think 1.5 hours might be a little short. I’m guessing the ceremony is starting a little late and the venue is cutting you off? Maybe you can have a little after party at a club for a small group where you can continue dancing.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

our dancing is only 2 hours, but its a sunday night! 🙁  We are ending it all at 11!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We’ll probably only have about 2 hours or so. I think if they’re a good two hours, that’ll be fine!

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I agree, I think a “good two hours” is what matters. Are you hiring a DJ? He or she might have some suggestions to get things going at a pace you want (sometimes I feel like DJs waste time with lots of “games” at the beginning that just exhaust people). Enjoy your dancing and hopefully you will be les tired for your honeymoon this way!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

From 7-7:30- First dance, Father daughter dance, son and mother dance. 7:30-8:30 dinner, 8:30-9 cake cutting, garter and bouquet toss. 9-11 dancing and 11-11:30 farewell.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

About 4 but our venue said we could go on for longer if people are up for it!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think well probably have 3-4 hours of dancing. Couldnt you change your timeline since you are over a year out?? As in, start your ceremony a little earlier if the venue is making you leave somewhat early?

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

I’ve been to a few that have people up and moving around even before dinner and it’s worked out well.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I think we’ll have 2-2.5. We have to be out by 11 and dinner starts at 7:30 (technically 7 but I feel like people will be slow about changing rooms plus its a buffet). I figure dinner will last until about 8:30, then cake cutting, then first dances, and the floor will be officially open about 9 (maybe a little earlier if i’m overestimating how long things take). 

I am not really worried about it. It seems a little short… but we’re not doing anything else after first dances. no garter or boquet, no money dance, etc. So thats just 2 hrs of pure dance time. I think that’ll be just fine 🙂

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We had a Saturday 12:30pm ceremony, with food served at 2:00pm. People danced for about 2 hours. The first 30 mins was mostly kids and a few parents, but then everyone got going.

You can always go somewhere for an after party, as long as people know they have to pay their own way. Or just start one hour earlier.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Well, the reception will start at 8:30 and goes until 12:30…so I would imagine there would be somewhat continuous dancing, with breaks if people want to sit down and eat, and for the cake cutting, 1st dance, and father/daughter dance. I don’t want people to feel like they have to stop dancing while the food is being served…we’re having 3-4 courses, so that would take up a lot of time.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

I have a 4-hour cocktail reception…so I’ll probably have a good 2.5 hours dedicated to dancing. We have a prayer, speeches, cake cutting, bouquet/garter toss, first and parent dances that will be done in the first hour and a half.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Our’s is also on a Sunday. Cake cutting begins at 7:15, so I assume the dancing will begin around 7:30/8:00? We have the place to ourselves until 10:00, so I’d say a good 2 hrs of dancing:-)

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