(Closed) end time on reception card?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
16194 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Personally, I enjoy knowing when receptions end so I can plan how long I’ll stay. Etiquette-wise, I don’t know if it’s normal. But that certainly doesn’t mean it’s not helpful!

Post # 4
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I also like to know when the reception is going to end, so I can plan my day/night.

Post # 5
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Generally not suppose to put the time your reception ends.  I just asked my ‘invitation’ lady that….she says no.

Post # 6
693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Oh, well, I guess I didn’t talk to a professional about it.  But I created my own reception cards and since 1) there’s no specified ‘coctail hour’ separate from the guests waiting in the main reception hall (don’t worry, there’s appetizers and the bar), and 2) the reception is earlier in the day, I went ahead and posted on the cards:

A reception with dinner and dancing will be held 2:00pm-6:00pm at… address of hall.  Then I added our website address for additional information. 

I’ve never heard of this as an etiquette thing.  Our reception hall has other events it schedules after 7:00, so we had to have a definite end time.

Post # 8
518 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I wouldn’t put it on there. As other bees have said, an invitation guy/girl would tell you not to put it on there for one thing. Personally, I’ve never been to a wedding that ended earlier than midnight so I would expect it to go late. If guests want to leave early, they can.

Post # 9
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Wedding receptions that serve dinner are typically 5 hours. I don’t think anyone is going to expect it to be ending earlier than it is. At least, not the fun younger people 😉

Post # 10
3049 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I personally expect most receptions to last really late. Even if I knew it was ending late, I would still leave early if I was tired or had to drive a long way home. I think it would look different if you put the ending time. But it’s not against any etiquette rules that I know of.

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