(Closed) Do you feel your reception went quickly?

posted 8 years ago in Married Life
  • poll: Did your reception go quickly or crawl?
    It flew by - I couldn't believe how quickly it came to an end : (59 votes)
    55 %
    It moved at a normal pace : (19 votes)
    18 %
    It was like a snail moving through molasses : (9 votes)
    8 %
    We didn't have a reception : (0 votes)
    I'm not married yet, but wanted to vote. : (20 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 3
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    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I’m so worried about this! All this time and money spent… I really hope that I don’t feel like its over before it started. I built in 2.5 hrs of dancing time at the end and I honestly hope I’m sick of it by the end of the night! lol. I want to walk away feeling like “wow that was great… and now I’m so over it” rather than “OMG I wish it could keep going longer”

    Post # 4
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    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I had a good time at my reception, but, yeah, it seemed to drag for us.  In fact, there was a long period of time where we were both just kinda standing there, thinking, “What’re we supposed to do now?”  All the reception activites (first dance, dinner, table visits, cake cutting, parents dance, etc…) only took like two hours…  So we left and took a bunch more pictures with our photographer, lol.  Everyone left an hour earlier than we expected, and I didn’t mind.  4 hours was long enough!

    Post # 5
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    362 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Our reception was from 5-11, with a cocktail hour from 5-6, dinner, dances, etc.. There were things that I didn’t even know happened, it’s like I was in a bubble the whole time..

    Post # 6
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    6572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I was ready for it to be over in the end. It was great, we had lots of fun, but I was very tired.

    Post # 7
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    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    @ddw: How long was your reception? Ours is going to be on the shorter side I feel like because we have cocktais 5-6, dinner 6:15-7:15, dances, then open dancing from 7:30-10. 

    Post # 8
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    412 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    At the time I was so tired and just ready for bed but looking back I wish it was much longer. (and maybe i wish i wasnt thinking about sleeping so much, lol)

    Post # 9
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    426 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I’m having a morning wedding, so the whole shebang is only 5 hours. We have the Ceremony at 10am, and then “cocktail” from 10-11am, followed by lunch, cake cutting and dancing from 12-3:00pm. We have a full weekend planned for guests, but the actual wedding itself is short! I hope it goes by fast and fun but I also hope lunch doesn’t take 2 hours leaving us only an hour for cake cutting and a dance!

    Post # 11
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    2820 posts
    Sugar bee

    We had a fairly long time and I thought it was good.

    Our wedding was at 2 pm, we were back at the house (where we had the reception) around 3:30.  From 3:30 till 5 or so we had cocktail hour and got some pictures, it was a really pretty day so all the kids were playing and everyone got some sun.  Dinner and toasts and all that good stuff lasted from 5 or so -7.  Then 7- midnight was dancing, cake, parent dances, bouquet, games.  A few people started leaving around 10 pm but most people left between 11 pm and midnight.  Nothing felt rushed or too long to me and we were lucky since it was a backyard wedding that people could hang out as long as they wanted to dance. 

    Post # 12
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    351 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We had a shuttle scheduled to pick our guests up after the reception. We actually called them to come an hour earlier because the party was pretty much over! Cocktails, dinner, and dancing went by faster than we planned out and we had a good 2 hours of straight dancing! So, we actually ended ours earlier than planned.

    Post # 13
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    6597 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    My reception went really fast!

    I had a great time and didn’t leave the dancefloor all night – dinner ended at 8:30 and the reception went till 1am. It was fabulous and I enjoyed every minute.

    Post # 14
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    1115 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    Our reception went from 6-11. It absolutely flew by. I had the best time ever. I didn’t want it to end. We were the last ones to leave. And we all went over to a friend’s house for an impromptu after-party. It was so fun!

    I dragged Darling Husband out of there around 2am so we could go back and enjoy our room at a gorgeous hotel on the beach.

    We were supposed to stay for a while the next day to enjoy the pool. My mom arranged a late checkout. But it was gray and cloudy so we went home and ended up having an impromptu open-house/bbq at our house. So many people came by it was like another reception.

    Post # 15
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    7173 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    It seemed like it went at a normal pace to super fast (depends on what points in the evening).  But, on the whole, it definitely flew by.  

    Our ceremony was over at 4:45.  Cocktail hour began and guests were seated for dinner at 6:30/6:45.  We had the venue til midnight and we stayed that long (I didn’t want to leave my own party, so no grand exit).  I remember being really sad around 11pm (when our photo booth was wrapping up and I barely had a chance to get any pictures!).  

    People started thinning out post-cake (I was actually surprised how many – people who had to wake up early the next morning, had childcare issues, were tired, etc.) but a decent sized group stayed til the end.  I would have been happy hanging out and dancing for another hour or so… but I was super tired, by the time we reached our hotel.

    We got there after 1am and hit the hotel bar for a drink and just time to decompress and talk about the day.  It was a perfect time for just us.

    Post # 16
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    2788 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    The day of,  it lasted the perfect amount of time.  I remember hearing the last song and thinking “Oh, its over?” but at that point I was sort of glad – I was getting tried and my shoes were just starting to hurt.  Looking back on the day though, I do feel like it went by quickly.   

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