Post # 1
I’m new to the boards so I guess some introductions are in order. My name is Erika, and I live in DC. My fiance and I are getting married July 17, 2010, and are planning to do so on a yacht sailing at sunset across the Potomac River.
I was working on my ceremony/reception timeline today and what I came up with was a 2 and half hour reception. Now keeping in mind that everyone will essentially be stuck on the boat for a minimum of three hours (ceremony and reception included) does it make sense to add an extra half hour or even an hour to make the reception a little bit longer? The boat will start boarding at 7:30PM and leave the dock at 8:00PM. The ceremony will last about a half hour starting at 8:15PM. So the reception will really be from about 9 to 11PM.
For a wedding a two hour reception seems kinda short, but since we’re doing this a little bit different, and starting late in the evening, since we want to be married at sunset, it seems like it should be okay. I don’t want to keep people trapped on the boat for too long, but I also don’t want it to feel too short.
What do you all think is an appropriate length of time given the type of wedding we’re having?
Post # 3
that sounds so romantic and wonderful!
Is ay add the extra hour. I don’t think 4 hours on a boat is too long, especially for such an awesome wedding!
Post # 4
Hi sunsetlove, welcome to the hive!!
Are you doing any special dances (first dance, mother/son, father/daughter) and all the other traditional wedding things (garter, bouquet, etc?) If so, I would definitely add another hour. It sounds so cliche but it really does go by so fast! My reception was 4 hours and I wish it wouldve been an hour longer so we really couldve enjoyed talking to people and dancing. With dinner, walking around to tables and traditional wedding stuff, I feel like it didnt leave much time for much else.
Post # 5
During the reception we are planning to do a champagne toast, and other toasts/speeches, have our first dance, have a father/daughter dance, and mother/son dance, and we’re going to cut our cake.
I guess my biggest concern is that people can’t leave if they want to and I don’t want to hold folks up if they’re ready to go. We’re planning to have an after-party somewhere else after we dock.
Post # 6
I helped plan and attended a prom on a boat (small school, not a lot of people) several years ago. We were out on the water for four hours and it seemed way too short! I’m not a big dancer and usually the first to go, but even I felt it was short. Keep in mind, if you are serving dinner, it can take longer in a boat with a small kitchen and limited space.
If you can, I would add an hour.
Post # 7
An extra hour it is. 🙂 Thanks so much for the helpful responses!
Post # 8
I have that same schedule and we’re booked for FOUR hours and I’m STILL worried it will go too fast! Did you feel like it went too quickly? I’m thinking of outsourcing our ceremony to a nearby chapel so we can have any extra 45 minutes on our yacht but having another venue to decorate and get everyone from point A to point B on time to make the boarding of the yacht is a little stressful and might be more hassle than its worth.
What did you think?! Was it enough time?
Post # 9
@KimmySumShuga: You may want to start a new thread and ask about reception lengths and opinions. The OP of this thread posted this ~2 years ago and while she may be on here, it’s doubtful she’ll see it even if she is. 🙂
Post # 10
@AmeliaBedelia: good thinkin! ;] I just wrote up a big ol’ poll & all of my own posting. Thank you!
Post # 11
Great to hear that you’re adding an extra hour! We attended a friend’s wedding in a similar situation and had a lot of fun.