Venue says "10pm finish time"

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
8387 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@memo:  I think it depends on when you start and the day.  For a sunday or weekday wedding, I would think 10pm would probably be about right, however for friday/saturday I would think it’d be a bit early.  If I were you, I’d probably go with the second venue based on this.

Post # 4
1243 posts
Bumble bee

Is there a bar near by where you could host an after party?

Post # 5
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@memo:  We were just at one a few weeks ago.  They had the after party at the hotel bar, and I hear it went pretty late.  We were still on east coast time and we’re not really the type to stay out late anyways, so we called it a night at 10.

Post # 6
2474 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think 10pm is pretty standard for some places – especially places like what you described. What time would the wedding be starting? I think, even at a wedding, people are ready to go around that time anyway. Sounds kinda sucky, but it’s true. I love my friends, but I don’t mind leaving around then or a little earlier so we can get home to the dog.

I would maybe just do a loose invitation to a bar or something afterward for everyone to keep the party going if they want! 🙂

Post # 7
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve been to several weddings that end by 10pm.  This seems to be a big thing now with the noise ordinances.  I think it’s no big deal.  Pick where you love, and you can have a little afterparty if you like. 

Post # 8
6158 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@memo:  i wanted to get married in a historic building.  annapolis had some beautiful venues but also had the noise ordinance that all music must stop at 10pm.

we wanted our party to go until midnight, so we looked elsewhere and found an even better venue.

since you can move your party inside and party until midnight at the golf course that sounds reasonable.

i went to a friday wedding that started at 5:30.  i think i was home by 11.

the start and end time don’t matter, it’s the fun you have while there.

Post # 9
459 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@memo:  Our ceremony begins at 4 p.m., and the reception has to end at 10. I didn’t love that initially, but the price for the venue was right. I just figure if people still want to hang out, we can have an informal after party or people can go out to other places in the area to continue the fun.

The other day, I read something that said it’s better for a party to end while it’s still going and while people are having a good time rather than to drag it out until there are only a few people left. I haven’t thought about that enough to decide whether I agree, but it made me feel a little better about my ending time. At least people will feel like they were having a good time the whole time.

Post # 10
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve been to one! It officially ended at 9. It was a pretty bad wedding though, so people were leaving before the cake cutting (like 6:30 pm).

To be fair, they had a “cocktail hour” from 3-5… With no food, and a cash bar. Then there was one buffet line for 250 guests, so it took 2 hours for everyone to finally get their food! By the time they opened the dance floor at 7, I’d been there for 4 hours and was ready to leave!

I think as long as you start dinner at like 5, you’ll have plenty of time for fun and dancing before the end of the night!

Post # 11
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@memo:  Do the venue where you have the option to move inside and keep partying.  This is the option we chose for our beach wedding since the 10pm noise ordinance is just as firm in St. Augustine Beach.  We rented a private beach house for our venue and we expect around half of our 50 guests to have left by 9pm anyway.  So around 9:45pm we will start moving the party people inside our private beach house to make sure everyone is inside by 10pm to comply with the ordinance.

Post # 12
1102 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@memo:  it seems early to me to i found an estate i iked that had the same kinda rule and b.c. its noise thing for he  area there is no working around it u must be packed up and gone at 1030 … i had to stop wanting that venue b.c. i was thinking tis improtnat we party late lol 


i guess an option would be do a sunday ppl will wanna leave early anywyas so it wont be noticed and start early

Post # 13
1721 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Our Venue has a “must be cleared out by 11” rule…which basically translates to we must be finished by 10pm.  I think its getting to be more common depending on the venues.  A friend of mine got married in June, and since their venue did the same thing, they had an “afterparty” to let the party continue 🙂

Post # 14
10384 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Ours ended at 10, and it was awesome. People danced for hours, got their fill, etc.

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