(Closed) Afternoon receptions: how many hours are you reserving the venue?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1066 posts
Bumble bee

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
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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.

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