(Closed) Sunday Reception timing.. opinion please :)

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

how many people have to travel and for how far???

I don’t think columbus day is off for most, so I would think 4-9 is better.  If you do 5-10, you might have a lot of people leaving early, and that would be a bummer.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I have to work on Columbus day and so do many other people besides federal jobs. I think though if people are taking time to come to your wedding and you give them plenty of notice they will probably take of Monday anyway. I think you are fine for making it for the later time, just in case people want to stay later. We had ours booked until 11:00 and ended up ending early around 10:00 so I say you are better to book for the later time as long as they don’t charge you. Have fun.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

I think it depends on where your guests are coming from.  As someone who doesn’t get Columbus Day off (I work in the corporate world), if I had to travel > 1.5 hours to get to the reception, then 4-9pm would be better.  But if I live fairly close by, I’ll party until 10pm!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

I’ll say 4-9pm.  I don’t think most people get Columbus Day off.  And there are bound to be people who have to travel far, or get up early for a meeting on Monday, or whatever.  It’s a safe bet.  It’s still and evening reception, yet ends at a reasonable hour.

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Hm, this post makes me nervous! I intended to end the festivities at 10pm, but most of my family and friends do not live in the same city (or county) of our wedding and will have to commute at least 40 minutes!

As a Monday bride, do you really think ending it at 9pm is a safer bet? I know some will just take Tuesday off anyway. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

If guests have to travel or stay overnight for the wedding, then I think ending later will be ok!

Mine is Sunday Oct 11, 2009. Most of our guests are traveling in from out of town, so it’ll work for our situation. And, for the others, with a little advance planning, they can maybe go into work a little late if need be!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I’m having my wedding on a Sunday, 01.17.2010 to be exact. We’re doing our ceremony @ 7pm, with a cocktails and hors d’ouevres reception starting at 8. We have our venue til 1am(!!!), so if the party goes a little late we don’t have to worry about extra charges. The majority of my side of the family is from out-of-town, but that’s Martin Luther King, Jr weekend, so I know most of them will have Monday off.  So to answer your question, no, I don’t think 10pm is too late… party it up girl! You will always have a few guests who will leave early, but that doesn’t mean your party has to stop!

Post # 11
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Helper bee

I think 5-10pm is fine.  It’s a sunday, even if you hold it an hour earlier and end it an hour earlier…people will feel like they need to leave before the event is over.  I don’t think that’s something that can be helped for sunday night weddings.  Although, I’ve been to a Sunday evening wedding before and surprisingly, most people stayed until the very end!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Im getting married on Oct 25 and we’re planning on 5-10, all of our guests are coming in from out of town. The way we say it, is if we were having our wedding on a Saturday, most of our guests would take off on Friday, so since we’re on a Sunday (which is over $1000 cheaper!) they will just take off Monday instead 🙂

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I don’t think people are going to stay for the full time anyway regardless of if you end it at nine or ten. I’m also doing a sunday wedding (monday is labor day, so bit different then you). I opted for 5-11 (have 6 hours) but I’m sure most of the people will be gone after three or four hours. People wait for the cake and then leave if they aren’t into dancing and drinking.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

OOOOOH i am sooo excited that i am not the only person who is stressin about this. I wanna go ahead and book our minister but he asked me what time and i drew a blank. lol. Being a 10/10/10 bride too i was like its 18 months away! I dunno! Ha ha.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We’re doing a normal Sunday, with the ceremony at 4 and reception ending at 9.  We are heading to a bar with the young crowd for a bit after the reception because I also was afraid that 9 is early.

I think your guests will figure out their own schedules and leave earlier if they need to, but I wouldnt’ worry about it.  I would do whatever you’re happiest with. (We’d have gone later in the evening, but wanted the ceremony to start early enough for our nices & nephews–they would not have done well with another hour to kill, since bedtime is normally 6.)

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

We’re getting married 10-10-10 as well & our timeline is 5-10 (we have the reception venue until close though…)

I guess we’re lucky because in Canada, the next day is Thanksgiving. I’m not concerned about most of our guests not getting the next day off & our US guests will be taking time off work anyways.

Our reception isn’t going to be typical– we’re having it in a lounge style restaurant. It’s very urban & upscale, but there’s no room for dancing. We chose this venue because the food is to die for AND they don’t cater out. So we’re just offering a fantastic dinner & drinks after the ceremony. I’m totally okay w/o dancing and awkward speeches! This will also cut down on our time at the venue 🙂 I’m anticipating everyone will be out by 9ish.

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