Need help!!

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Is 9:30 too early to end the reception
    Yes : (7 votes)
    35 %
    No : (7 votes)
    35 %
    Not if you take everyone out after : (6 votes)
    30 %
  • Post # 5
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I don’t think it is too early.  Your reception is still 4 hours…which is plenty of time for people to eat, drink, and be merry!  If you still want to party, is there a fun bar or restaurant near by that could accomodate an after party?

    Post # 6
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    926 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Considering your ceremony starts at 3:30, most guests will start to peeter out sooner.  I don’t last 6 hours at a ceremony and reception (maybe I’m pitiful).  I don’t usually stay as late as midnight, maybe 11 pm.  I think 9:30 would be fine.  Guests can pick up their children from the sitter, get home at a decent time, and relax before they go to bed.  I think your timeline looks fine (personal preference).

    Post # 7
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    2912 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    i think an hour for pictures is doable, but you’re definitely going to have to rush it. it also depends on how big (and cooperative, hah) your family/bridal party is. i think we spent about an hour and a half taking pictures- 30-45 minutes at the church and an hour at the reception site.

    i think 9:30 is early, but if you have an after party, then i think it’s fine. 

    Post # 9
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    194 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    The venue will or won’t let you do a 1.5 hour cocktail hour?

    When it’s all in one place, in the winter, and you want to try to attend the cocktail hour generally – most brides need to do a first look. I tell my brides:

    “If there’s no gap and you want to attend the cocktail hour, you need the first look. There’s just no way to do both photos and cocktail hour at once.”

    I think 1.5 hour cocktail hour is perfect if they can give you that.

    9:30 is a great ending for the reception – ppl start to leave at that time generally anyway!

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