Dancing? How much time?

posted 9 months ago in Reception
Post # 2
1715 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

For me, it wouldn’t be enough as the norm in my circle is 3+ hours (usually 4). But it could be different for your circle. 

Post # 3
2051 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

How long do you have the venue? We are scheduling dancing for 4 hrs. But we also aren’t doing a lot of the traditional wedding activities at the reception (no cake cutting, boquet toss, etc.). All I wanted to do was dance! And we got the venue for an extra hour so we could keep partying! 

Post # 4
5537 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

Most weddings I have been to have about 4 hours of dancing, at least really. 

Post # 6
21 posts

I’m currently having the same dillema. We only have about 2 hours for dancing and I’m worried it won’t be enough. Cocktail hour will be from 5-6, Dinner/Toasts/First dance from 6-7, and then dancing from 7-9:55 (have to be out by 10pm). which is technically 3 hours but about 30mins of that dancing time will be taken up with cake cutting and boquet toss. Our guests LOVE to party so I’m worried it will feel like the party is just getting started when it’s time to go home. Curious what other people have to say about it.

Post # 7
413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

We’re figuring out our timeline, and it looks like for our wedding we will have about 3.5 hours for dancing. In our circle, 3-4 hours seems to be typical — however, FH and I went to a wedding this past fall where there were only about 2 hours of dancing, and I felt it was fine. The group of friends that were all there are pretty hard partiers and we all love to dance, so we definitely *could* have gone longer, but I don’t think anyone felt the amount of dancing time was inadequate. As far as I know, no one complained. 

Obviously, you know your crowd and you know how eager they will or won’t be to dance, but I think 2 hours should be fine; I wouldn’t make the dancing time any shorter than that, though.

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