(Closed) Evening receptions- How late did yours go? Or, how late do you think yours will?

posted 11 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2680 posts
Sugar bee

It is dependent on the guests.  An older crowd will probably leave around 10pm as some of our guests did.  We had a 6pm ceremony, followed by a cocktail reception that started at 6:45 and dinner started around 8pm.  Our wedding ended at midnight and most of our guests were still there.  We probably couldve gone another hour!

Post # 4
924 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We’ll eat at 6:30, and I’m pretty sure the party will go on until the lights come on! lol  We’ll have some that’ll leave early but most will stay until the very end which is at 11pm because.. we get charged more if we stay any longer haha  we’ll continue the party somewhere else!

Post # 5
5493 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

Not married yet but our circle of family and friends tends to stay until 2am, (sometimes later), at evening receptions.  It was very important for us that our reception venue didn’t have an cutoff time before 2am.

Post # 6
1363 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Our ceremony was at 4, and our reception ended at 10.  Some people had peeled off, and 10 seemed like a good time to end.  BUT, our wedding was a Sunday, and we also planned an after party at the hotel bar, so people were able to hang out longer.

Post # 7
229 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Our ceremony started at 4PM, lasted probably 30 minutes or maybe even less (hard to know when you aren’t wearing a watch and are so caught up in the moment).  Our ceremony was about 30 minutes from the reception site so we shuttled people to/from.  The cocktail hour (and a 1/2!) started at 5PM and dinner was scheduled to start around 6:30PM.  We had a time limitation with our venue so we couldn’t go past 10:30PM (but luckily there was a bar on-site at the resort that we moved to) but I will say….our wedding coordinator kept things moving and had us cut the cake at whatever time (7:30, 8ish) because she said people were getting antsy and it was true as most of the older guests did retire after the cake cutting, first dance, etc…  only the younger people were left at the end of the night.  Of course we could have kept dancing to the DJ if we had been able to!  We ideally would have liked to keep the DJ until 11PM if we could have.  I would say people were at the bar until 12:30-1AM.

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