(Closed) Is my event too long, considering people can’t leave?

posted 6 years ago in Parties
  • poll: Is 4 Hours Too Long for a Ceremony + Reception?
    Yes. I'd be bored out of my skull after 3 hours : (4 votes)
    7 %
    Not as long as there's open bar! : (14 votes)
    23 %
    Not as long as there's lots of people I know! : (17 votes)
    28 %
    Not as long as there's open bar AND people I know! : (25 votes)
    42 %
  • Post # 3
    5428 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I don’t think you need to worry, the invite says the wedding is on a boat, I would imagine that people of all ages know that means they’ll not be getting off until the boat actually returns to shore!

    Post # 4
    1370 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    You’re good. 4 hours isn’t that long and you were specific on your invitations. I’m sure everyone will be aware, and that is definitely not too long.

    Post # 5
    2775 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I don’t think you have anything to worry about.  Four hours isn’t too long for ceremony and reception.  And yeah, hopefully your guests can make the logical leap that boat = no skipping out early.

    Post # 6
    4464 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I think four hours sounds like a reasonable amount of time and it’s even better that you do have the option of turning around just in case. I would leave the four hour timeline and keep in mind that your guests understand that the party is on a boat and what that entails about arriving and leaving. 

    Post # 8
    5289 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2010

    I will be honest…I have been on some river boats for events and parties, and felt somewhat hostage before the thing was ever over, and wishing someone with a speedboat or helicopter would swing by to take me off, but that speaks more to my own issues with not liking not being able to just leave when I want (even if I don’t) than it does to the length of the river cruise itself.  I feel the same way on planes, trains and long road trips where I am not driving on my own!

    As long as it is clear on the invites how long the cruise is for, then people can be prepared for it. If I got an invite for a river boat cruise I would be fully aware I was not getting off until it docked again!

    Post # 9
    1304 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    You could also consider docking after 3 hours but continuing the party for a fourth hour at the dock.

    Post # 10
    5096 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I think it’s fine. There will always be people (like my Darling Husband, ahem) who view any wedding longer than 15 minutes as “too long,” ha. But they learn to suck it up, and no one else will mind. 😛

    Post # 11
    4046 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Does the boat allow smoking? Do you have any smokers amongst your guests?

    Personally I hate smoking but my family is mostly smokers and get kind of grumpy when denied  their cigarettes for any length of time.

    Post # 12
    9552 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I think you’re fine! Have fun!

    Post # 13
    10565 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Could you maybe dock once shortly after the ceremony?  It would allow anyone who gets sea sick and doesn’t know it a chance to get off!  As long as no one is feeling motion sick, I don’t think 4 hours is too long.

    Post # 15
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I don’t think four hours is long at all and most weddings I’ve been to (if not all) have been at least that long, if not longer. Ours is 5.5 hours including wedding and reception. The only thing that I’ve seen people “complain” about is when the ceremony is very long (1.5+ hours) and they’re not used to it. For example, we went to a Greek Orthodox wedding which was probably 1.5 hours long and involved a lot of standing and those of us that weren’t used to this were getting a little tired in the end, but I would never dream of just packing up and leaving.

    Post # 16
    2725 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I didn’t vote because I think 4 hours is pretty typical time you could be at a wedding anyway! Plus you made it very clear that the boat wouldn’t be back til 8. I think you are doing it the right way! I would not worry at all!

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