(Closed) Advice please! 3 hours for ceremony and hors d’oeuvres reception – enough time?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Since you are having an after party, I think it will be fine.  If you weren’t having an after party, I would say that it could be too short.  And since you aren’t serving dinner, you don’t have to worry about that eating up time.

I also think it depends on how much you think most people will drink.  If they are light drinkers, 2 1/2 hours will be okay, but if people plan to drink a moderate amount and dance, then 2 1/2 hours could be too short.



Post # 4
529 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Hmm… how many guests are you having?  I think that it might be a BIT short, especially if you have a lot of guests, because people will want to mingle and catch up, and it might not be long enough.

I had a very small wedding – 30 people.  We had it under a tent in our back yard.  The ceremony was at 2:00, and was maybe 20 minutes.  We took pictures after and that might’ve taken an hour or so, and then we had dinner and mingling and stuff.  A lot of people stayed until 10:00 to hang out and talk.  I mean, I suspect people would have left around 10:00 even if we started later, but I think people enjoyed catching up with each other and so 3 hours wouldn’t have been enough time to do that.

Post # 5
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think you should be fine! I always hate long, drawn out receptions…it’s awkward being the first ones to leave!

Post # 6
25 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think this should be plenty of time. My fiance and I are doing the exact same thing except in the afternoon. We are getting married at 1 in a hotel and then having horderves and drinks in the next room. We plan to leave the reception by 4 pm to go for photos. We are also having dinner with just our parents and siblings after photos. We aren’t having dancing but we are cutting the cake at the reception

Post # 7
2867 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think that’s fine. Ours is 4 hours but it’s in the afternoon. Ceremony at 2:00 (or 2.15ish) and then reception on-site afterwards. I figure 3:00 – 6:00 is plenty of time to mingle and visit with people but not so long that it’s boring.

Post # 8
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

One thing to note – we’re doing an hors d’oeuvres reception too and our caterer says that the food can only be out for 2 hours (state food regulation or something). If things are the same for you, the food will disappear around the time that the reception is over anyway.

Post # 9
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think your time line sounds perfect for an hors d’oeuvres reception.  I would be cool with that if I were a guest in that situation.  Offering an after party is a great solution for your guests that do want to hang out longer.

Post # 10
2588 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I like the idea of an after-party as well, and I think your reception will be fine. 🙂 Ours is only about 3 1/2 start to finish, so you’re not alone!

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