Post # 1
Our ceremony is at 1pm, followed by a gap of about 3 hours (we have arranged tours of the college campus where we are getting married to fill up some of that time. Our reception then starts at 5pm, about 15 minutes away. Currently, our reception hall is booked for 4 hours. However, my mom has gotten it into her head that that isn’t long enough. Google has told her that most weddings are longer; however, I think since our ceremony is separate, 4 hours is plenty of time.
5:00-5:45 cocktail hour, arrivals
So for others with a ceremony earlier in the day, how long is your reception? Thanks!
Post # 3
Our reception was 5 hours – I think that is pretty standard. Our ceremony was from 2-3 and our reception was from 5-10
Post # 4
our ceremony is at 12 and our reception starts at 6. we have the reception site for 5.5 hours but my dad is willing to pay for us to be there all night if everyone is still dancing and partying.
Post # 5
well my ceremony is at 5, cocktail our from 6:30-7:30 dinner from 7:30-11:30
I think a normal “dinner” is 4 hours not including the cocktail hour. All together should be at least 5 hours for the reception, otherwise I think it will feel rushued. Plus that ends a little early 9? what is everyone going to do afterwards, I wouldnt think they would be ready for bed! Can you add an hour?
Post # 6
None! We’re doing an 11 AM wedding and a late, super nice lunch. We will do pictures for an hour after the ceremony while our guests to cocktail hour and the reception venue (4 minutes away).
Post # 7
Wedding at 2. Reception at 6pm. I think it will go until midnight or so. That’s about 6 hrs.
Post # 8
Wedding at 2. Cocktail hour starting at 4:30. Reception was supposed to go till midnight but it ended a little early (maybe 11:30). I guess that would make the reception 7 hours long!
Post # 9
Wedding is at 1 and the reception is at 6 and lasting for 6 hours.
Post # 10
Wedding was at 1 and the reception was from 4 to 9.
Post # 11
My daughter’s wedding was at 12 noon and lasted 45 min. The cocktail hour started at 2pm (the reception was about 20 min away- longer depending on traffic). We originally had the venue from 2-6 and all along I never thought that was long enough. My husband finally convinced our daughter to let us extend the reception 1 hour. (We were paying for most of the wedding and she didn’t want us to spend any more money). The week before the wedding we extended it and were sooo glad we did.
I agree with your mother to extend it.
Post # 12
Wedding at 2:30 and cocktail hour starts at 6, reception ends at 11pm. Long day but it seems as though everyone is really excited about it and will be staying after at the hotel on the beach to continue celebrating 🙂
Post # 13
Our wedding was at 2, reception at 6, lasted till 11. But we left around 10:30, only family was really left after 10. Though family kept partying till around 12 anyway (it was in our backyard, the DJ just left around 11). 4 hours is plenty, but 9 is kinda early to stop.
Post # 14
Thanks everyone! We decided to pay for the extra hour.