Post # 1
How many hours of dancing do you want at your reception? I am lucky enough to have complete flexibility and am wondering if 4 hours of dancing is too much. We have a smaller group, around 60 people, but most of us do like to dance. What do you think?
Post # 3
Four hours is a lot of dancing. I think three is ideal but we’ll probably have closer to two.
Post # 4
We have contracted our band for four hours, but they will take 2-20 minute breaks, so it will be more like 3.5 hours of dance time. I love dancing at weddings, so I am all for as much music as possible.
Post # 6
I’ve been a wedding coordinator for years… my suggestion is to have a dinner reception of 4 hours (meaning everything after cocktail hour). It will take generally 90 minutes to 2 hours for dinner service and toasts/special dances.
If your list is filled with people you go out with all the time and dance the night away, then add an hour to 5 hours.
You’ll likely have a few guests bow out early, but everyone will still have a great time. Anything after that is really just a very long day for your guests.
Think of it as ending it on an up note with everyone there enjoying themselves, not just a handful of people later on getting tired 🙂
Post # 7
Yea, three hours of dancing is good for me! We have our DJ for 4 hours. Typically the DJ is there for the entire reception, so he will be there when y’all are eating and will help announce cutting the cake, toasts, etc. He won’t play dance music for a full 4 hours. I say 3 at the most if people are getting on the dance floor 🙂
Post # 8
If you know your guests will want to be on the dance floor, I say go as long as you can. We had about 3 hours of dance time once all of the “events” were done and nobody wanted to stop when it was over. I wished we could have kept going!!
Post # 9
Thanks for the feedback ladies. I guess I should have noted that we are having a destination wedding in Maine, and all of our guests are up there for the weekend to celebrate with us. We expect the grandparents and maybe the parents to bow out a little early, but half of the guests are staying in the house with us and the rest are getting a shuttle ride home at the end of the night. I expect it to be a late night with or without the music.
I’m like lindseymagen where I’m always looking for the dancing to last just a little bit longer if it’s a good party. But thewheelsonthebus makes a very good point – I do want to end on a high note! Such tough decisions!