Post # 1
Side note–I found my venue today!!!
But back to my question, it probably will be a Sunday afternoon. Either going to be a buffet lunch , or heavy dessert/fingerfoods. Ceremony will be in the same place and take only about 15 minutes. We are having a band and dancing and that sort of thing.
Venue charges by the hour with a 4 hour minimum. So including set up, event time, and break down, how much time are y’all allowing for your afternoon reception?
Post # 3
Congratulations!!!! We are getting married on Sunday 29th Sept in NZ. Our ceremony and venue are the same. We have from 4pm to 1am. Are you including photos during your time? We marry at 4pm,go for family photos, reception starts 5pm and goes till about 9.30 then the dance starts. The menu is al a carte with drinks offered every course, so it might be slower. So that is around 8 hours. Even with a buffet lunch it takes time for people to get their food, and then they might want seconds, and is their dessert? We have allowed about 3 and a half hours of dancing.
Post # 4
Ours is the same – we’re having the ceremony at about 2pm, then going straight into the reception (which will just be an afternoon tea style thing), which should run until about 5-6ish. We’re hoping to have the formal parts of the reception all over and done by 5 so the oldies can head off. Because the venue is my parents’ property, we’re then going to have an after party/BBQ for anyone that wants to party later into the evening.
I think four hours should be plenty, but if you’re going to have allow time for setting up or cleaning up afterwards, then 5 hours might be better.