(Closed) HELP: 3-hour reception??

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think a 3 hour reception is perfect, because it will still be 4 hours of socializing, including the cocktail hour. I think that’s a good amount for most people. The party animals can keep it going at the hotel bar.

Better to have it too short and leave people wanting more than to drag it out and have the reception hall half empty before it’s over!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

Who told you receptions were generally too long?  In my circle, receptions are min 5 hours and they seam too short.

I don’t know what cornhole is, but do you usually have dancing at your cocktail hour?  We don’t start til after dinner.

I want my wedding to last a bit so I can soak it all in (See Mrs. Cola’s blog posts about too short receptions).  I think your afterparty idea will give you a nice addition if you are worried about your day being too short.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My reception is 5 hours and I don’t expect anyone to leave early.

Typically the only people who leave early are parent’s friends or in town guests (from what I’ve seen). Your friends will generally party until the last song.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Our reception was 4 hours, including coctail hour (when we took pictures) and I have to say – it went by way too fast.  We spent the cocktail hour (and some of the reception – wrangling our families took longer than expected) doing pictures, ate fast, and visited tables, cake cutting and a couple dances (literally) and we were done and the staff was tearing down the room.  My advice would be to either 1 – do pictures beforehand or 2. extend your reception.  And enjoy yourself. 🙂

Post # 8
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Honey bee

@amidette: If you have the budget to do so, I would probably add another hour. Dinner usually takes longer than an hour (at least at the weddings I go to), and you need to factor in time for you to say hello and talk with all your guest.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Ours is the same way and I have the same worry.  I plan on doing a first look and getting all the posed photos with the bridal party and immediate family done before the actual ceremony and then limiting the cocktail hour to a half hour or even skipping it all together.  We also plan on going out bar hopping after the wedding so I know a lot of our friends will join us then too.

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think if your going to a bar/hotel afterwards, thats juuust fine. We are having our reception at the church (no drinking) and we absolutely want to go get a congrats drink after, so we are inviting whoever wants to carry the party on.  I think 3 hours is FINE. Most people who stay late will go with you to the bar anyway. 🙂

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We added 2 hours so it is 6 hours total with one hour for cocktail hour.  I have people saying it will be too long and people saying it will be just fine and 4 hours was way too short. 

So I have no idea.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

That’s about our timeline. We have four hours, total, although the venue said they’d stay open for us (reverting to restaurant/bar) possibly, afterwards.

Ceremony: 30 min

Cocktails: 45 min or so

Dinner/reception: just under 3 hours.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

Honestly not sure, around here they are all like 8 hours long. But it really depends on your guests. If they ren’t HUGE partiers it will pobably be perfect. Weddings here basically turn dance club after dinner and we all just drink and dance and party.

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