How to end a daytime wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2111 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Commenting to follow. I don’t have any advice, but I’m curious as well.

Post # 4
50 posts
Worker bee

@znowbird22:  This all depends on the venue, is it in your/moms house? If so thats tricky unless you start cleaning up around your guests! Any parties at home are tricky and usually end when the last guest decides to leave!

If its in a hotel/restauarant then you just leave when your ready should be no problem.

Have you sents the invites out? If its in a hotel you can state on invites the establisment requests we end the party at 330.

Post # 5
3156 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@znowbird22:  It should wind down right after you and DH leave.  The reception staff will start cleaning up the area and that will be the cue to go.


Post # 6
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@znowbird22:  Are you having any type of music/dancing? Because you could announce “last song of the afternoon”…..or make a grand exit of you and your husband by inviting guests out to send you off which should be que for people that its time to go. If you aren’t planning on leaving before the guests, maybe you could save your speech to address everyone by thanking them for coming out and having a safe drive home?!

Post # 7
1140 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

i say a spech? Thanks for coming, everyone have a safe trip home!  or do some kind of send off, like spaklers, or bubbles, or soemthing anything to get everyone outside!!

Post # 9
3249 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@znowbird22:  You leave, then maybe serve coffee, but most people will clear out after the departure of the bride and groom – so if you leave about 3:00, people should be mostly cleared out by 3:30.

Post # 10
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Usually when the bride and groom leave, the guests just kind of trickle out!

Post # 11
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Our dinner is ending at around 8. We plan on doing our speech or rather FI will do a “thanks for coming we love you all drive safe blah blah blah” to close things out

Post # 12
575 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Are you having dancing? At our reception I made a little “thanks for coming and supporting us” speech and then at the end of it, I asked all of our guests to come and join us for one last dance. The two of us, and all of our guests, danced our butts off to Footloose, and then the guests went outside for the send-off while my husband and I had one last private dance.

Post # 13
901 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Bride and groom leaving would probably be the best prompt in my opinion.

Post # 14
50 posts
Worker bee

@znowbird22:  much easier because its at a hotel. If i was doing that I would put on my invites… at 1030 followed by lunct from 12 to 330. very clear that thats when it ends and that way out of town people can organise nice plans for the rest of the day!

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