(Closed) Ending the reception early

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ve never actually received an invitation that indicated an end time, so it would never dissaude me from attending a wedding.  But I guess if I knew how short a wedding was going to be I would consider how far it was and how close I was to the bride and groom. 

Ie, we were invited to a semi-elopement in Maui.  The originally only wanted the guests to attend the ceremony, then they were having their own dinner alone and “not telling anybody where they’re staying the rest of the trip”.  That seemed kind of silly to go all that way for 15 minutes.

Post # 4
7673 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@BeeRod527:  I think there’s a difference between “I would not enjoy it so much” and “I would not attend”. A while ago there was a poll on opinion on a non dancing wedding (not the same issue, but similar). Only about 5% said they wouldn’t attend. It’s disappointing that it’s even 5%, but at least the number’s low.

Personally I think it’s shallow to decline any wedding invite just because you don’t think it’ll be enough fun. If you care about them and can afford it, attend. If you don’t care that much about them and/or can’t afford it, don’t attend.

Post # 6
1143 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have also never received an invitation with an end time. I stay either as long as other people I know stay, or until I’m tried and ready to go home. My reception ended around 10:30, because people were starting to leave and I was tired! I never heard any complaints from any of the guests about the time ending – I think it lasted just the right amount of time.

Post # 7
603 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

We’re planning on being done with our reception by 10 (cocktail hour starting at 6). My aunt was surprised saying that it doesn’t leave any time for dancing. Fiance and I aren’t much partiers, so the 10pm end time is perfect for us. Would it be awkward to just have the DJ announce the last dance around 9:50? What else do we need to do?

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