Post # 1
I have my venue from 3pm until 11pm. Our venue is structured in such a way that we flow from ceremony space into a second space for dinner and all of the traditional stuff (first dances, cake cutting, speeches) and then into a third spot for the main party.
Our coordinator mentioned to us that the typical wedding there goes
6pm Cocktail Hour
7pm Dinner Portion Starts
9pm Guests move into the party area for drinking and dancing which would end at 11pm.
My FI and our friends love a party and we usually close down the house… 2 hours for the party portion just doesn’t seem enough. I was thinking we could do –
5pm Cocktail Hour
8pm Party, ending at 11pm.
The only downside is that it would be add an extra hour to the open bar, but I’m okay with that.
What do you think?
Post # 3
You added an extra hour to dinner… Are you having a lot of toasts or something?
I think the time frame looks good!
Post # 4
I like the second one, more time to dance!!
Post # 5
I’m voting for the second one, mainly because that’s almost exactly our timeline. We decided on the earlier ceremony to have the extra reception time to party.
Post # 6
@BrandNewBride: I just alloted 2 hours for dinner because that’s what the coordinator suggested – I have no idea how long it will take. I’m not planning on a lot of toasts! The sooner we can get to the dancing, the better!
Post # 7
I just went to a wedding where dinner didn’t end until 9. It was definitely not enough time to dance and everything felt way too rushed. Definitely go with the earlier ceremony/dinner.