(Closed) Average Length

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

Honestly at home (Memphis) they are 4 hours.  Here in Louisiana, it’s 3.  It’s very rare to see a 4 hour reception.  I think your reception will probably start at 7 or 7:30 and should end at about 11 or so.  The older guests will leave earlier so you may want to get the traditions out of the way, first dance, garter and bouquet toss as well as the cake cutting.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Our package is 5 hours, which includes the cocktail hour.  So in our case, 6-11pm.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Most weddings I have been to are 6 hours (thats including cocktail hour) – and so is ours. Maybe it depends on location? (im in NY)

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We are going to have a 7:00 to 11:00 reception.  Hope that’s long enough.  🙂

I’m in Seattle.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

@hotchild: good point.  In Memphis I think a cocktail hour is unheard of (lol) we usually go straight into food, even though I like the concept of the cocktail hour lol!!!

@prncss: we are doing a four hour reception here with plenty of food laughter, a little bit of dancing (but I don’t dance unless I am tipsy lol) but since we’re paying for this party I am sure I’ll shake my booty a little bit lol!! I think we’re walking directly into our first dance for example, when we are announced, we will begin our first dance and then maybe walk away for a breather and some relaxation so we can get a bit to eat etc (I hope that means I won’t be micromanaging and checking the timeline, my assistant has already warned me to step back lol I doubt if that’ll happen)

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Haha Crebre I really hope I am not timeline obsessed by that point either!

 

5 pm start cocktail hour

6 pm bride and groom arive, announced, first dance

6:30 pm dinner begins

10:30 close the bar

11 pm reception ends

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We are doing a 6 hour reception. We have cocktail hour from 6-7 and the reception from 7-12. We did buy an extra hour, most of my friends who had been married before us highly recommended adding an hour.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Mine is 7- 12 including a cocktail hour. also our ceremony is onsite so we’ll be there starting around 6:30.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Ours is 6 hours from beginning of the evening (1/2 hr. welcome before ceremony) to the end of the reception.

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Ours was 7pm-11pm from beginning of reception til end of reception. NOT including ceremony

4-5 hours seems on par with every wedding i’ve been to. Sounds short, but isn’t.

Dinner was served at 730, though. Cake at 9ish.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Oh dear, that’s one of my worries.  We have the entire farm for the entire weekend.  Noise must shut down at 11pm, but we can start whenever.  First we were going to do the ceremony at 3pm, then 4pm now it’s currenlty back to 3pm (cocktails 4pm – 5:30pm, dinner at 6pm).  I hate the thought of forcing people to hang out with me for that many hours, but everyone keeps telling me “it’ll go by so fast, make it last”.  Is 3pm-11pm loooooong?

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