Post # 1
Is 11pm way to late to end our reception on a Sunday night?
I always have imagined having an evening wedding, and had to have it on Sunday for religious reasons. The arrival/ceremony will be 5-5:45, cocktails 5:45-6:45, and then reception from 6:45-11pm. I would say that the majority of our crowd enjoys dancing and wouldn’t mind staying late, but is 11pm too late to end? Most people live probably 20-40 minutes from the venue, and unfortunately, the next day is not a holiday.
Post # 3
If the majority of your guests are younger I think 11:00 will be fine. They will likely stay and have a good time and just go to work sleepy in the morning. I think the middle aged and older folks will probably leave early.
Post # 4
@Monkey786: Hey! I’m also doing my wedding Sunday (Jewish wedding). Ours will probably end around 11pm aswell, I wouldnt feel bad about it. People in our family are used to Sunday weddings and are free to leave early if they are worried about work the next day. What time is your ceremony?
Post # 5
I don’t think there should be any problem with that. I’m assuming dinner will be over by 8-ish? If people want to leave at that time, they can. If they want to stay and dance, they will. Some people may even take Monday off, or take a half day (many of my guests are), so that they can stay as late as they want and not worry about work the next day.
Post # 6
I’ll be honest, if I had work the next day there’s no way I’d stay that late. I’d probably head out at around 9 or 10.
Post # 7
We’re having a Sunday wedding since that is the only day of the week that the restaurant is available. We have the space until 1am, dinner will be done by 9pm and I am certain most of our friends will stay until 11pm if not later.
I think you if you have the space until 11pm you are fine, it’s not like you are focing people to stay that late against their will.
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
The last wedding I went to was a Sunday ceremony that lasted until at least 11pm. The bride (one of my MOHs) was pleasantly surprised that people stayed out so late. Many took off the next day-we drove back Monday.
Post # 9
Some will stay, not sure how many, only you know your guests.
I would stay late for a really good friend or a sibling, but probably not for many other people I get up at 5 AM. Or if I was having a great time I may go into work a bit later, but it would be a last minute decision.
Post # 10
I don’t think 11 is too late – it’s not like people have to stay until 11 if they don’t want to/can’t, right? If your guests need to leave earlier, they will.
Post # 11
I don’t think that’s too late, but just be aware that there will be guests who do leave early. I know someone who had a Sunday evening reception and she said that a lot of guests left early because most had to work the next day.
Post # 12
I don’t think its too late because people who want to leave early will leave early. Just be aware that older guests may head out sooner than you may like!
Post # 13
For normal [younger] people, that’s not too late. For me? I’m in bed and asleep by 10pm on Sunday nights as I always work at 7 Monday morning.