Late morning Ceremony & Lunch Reception – How to tell them end time?

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
3557 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m not sure, but I’m doing the same thing with my brunch wedding. We have to kick everyone out by 3:00 because the wedding after ours starts at 4:00 I’m curious to see what others say.

Post # 4
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I don’t think you need to put it on the ivntes.
If you have a wedding website, it might be OK to put it on there.

Eh, you just need to have the music/food lighting signal the end of the reception.

Or say a “thank you” speech (and sort of incorporate “we hope you have an excellent time today, we know we did!” at 3:25p

Or serve cake at 3:15! People leave after cake.

When people ask about an after party, you can say “Well, I know it’s 5 o’clock somewhere but it will be about 3:30 when we’re all wrapped up, so I think we’re going to skip the after party.”

I love this arangement, and your guests will too – they’ll have the rest of the day to themselves!
They just don’t realize how awesome it is yet. 🙂

Post # 5
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would just schedule your depart [if you are using some type of exit] for whatever time you wanted it to end. Some of your guests may hang around and talk for awhile, but there isn’t really a way to say, “hey get the hell out!”, but most will probably leave shortly after you do.

Post # 6
6171 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

don’t say it on the invitation, but you can spread by word of mouth that the party will end at 3:30.

or around 3:15, give a thank you toast and everyone will get the hint that the party is coming to a close.


Post # 7
715 posts
Busy bee

@agraciana:  As a guest i would definitly appreciate to know when the party’s ending.
I myself don’t get why a lot of important info is considered rude in an invitation. 

I’d state it plain and simple the way you said: Lunch recption to follow promptly, 1-3:30.

Or if you wanted to be somewhat funny, maybe do something like 

“Before the couple’s off for happily ever after, we’d like to celebrate with you at the lunch reception from 1 – 3.30”. 

Post # 8
525 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

For me I am in a similar situation, we have the venue booked for 4 hours and we need to be out of there with all of our things by 8:30 or we get charged about $150 for another 4 hours of rental time… I’m ending my reception half an hour early just to make sure it isn’t a big rush to get everyone out the doors, plus I don’t want a crowd to witness us grabbing our decor and taking stuff down.

So I am thinking of adding something like this:

“Reception will begin shortly after the ceremony and continue until 8:00pm”

I know if it isn’t mentioned on the invitation then people will plan to stay until 9 or 10 and it’d be hard to get them going if they were waiting for a ride.

Post # 10
715 posts
Busy bee

@agraciana:  I don’t see anything wrong with your reasoning to do it that way. Go for it. 

Post # 11
613 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@agraciana:  We are in a similar situation to yours. Our ceremony is from 12:30-1pm with the reception starting from 2-4:30. We don’t plan on writing it on the invites or anything though, around 4:15 we will be saying our thank you/ goodbye speech to out guests and finishing with a last song. At that point my husband and I will be leaving and people will start cleaning up, so I think that will make people realize the wedding is overif they haven’t figured it out lol.


Afterwards, DH and I will be having a private dinner at our favorite resturant, taking some sunset photos and then stopping in at the after party my parents are hosting because my dad’s siblings are all out of province, so we wanted to have a little party with them to drink lol (wedding is alcohol free). Then we will be heading to our hotel to relax and start honeymooning the next day!



So I think it you just plan your speeches and last dance at the end, people will figure out the wedding is over. And if they ask about an after party, just say there is none.

Post # 13
965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@agraciana:  have a big “send off the couple” at 3 pm. Once you are gone they will get the idea and go. You can go do photos and come back at 4 if you need to pick things up from the venue. 

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