Post # 1
My reception is from 7:30pm-11:30pm including the cocktail hour and I’m afraid people will leave early if they’re not prepared to stay for a late reception. Should I put the end time so people will have a heads up? Also, the cocktail hour is on the pool deck at the hotel while the actual reception will move inside for heavy hors d’ouevres, dancing, and all the usual reception events. So far my wording looks like this:
Cocktail Hour begins at 7:30pm
Seventh Floor Pool Deck
light dinner and dancing
Thoughts? Thanks Bees!
Post # 3
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
I also like to know when the reception is going to end, so I can plan my day/night.
Post # 5
Generally not suppose to put the time your reception ends. I just asked my ‘invitation’ lady that….she says no.
Post # 6
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 # 7
thank you, this definitely helps! I would want to know, so I think I’m going to put it in there.
Post # 8
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
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
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.