Post # 1
just curious about how everyone else is planning out their wedding. How big and how long is everything for your wedding? Mine is 400 guests, having a Catholic mass for an hours, then dinner for two, and reception/dancing for 6 hours..
We are having a DJ and a band. Maybe mine is too long…so I was curious how are you planning your wedding out?
Post # 3
Oh goodness, that’s long! My wedding was 100 guests, 40 min ceremony in church, 1 cocktail hour, & 4 reception hours.
Post # 4
50-60 guests. 1/2 hour wine reception before the ceremony, 20 minute ceremony (if that), 1 hour cocktail hour and 4 hour reception.
Post # 5
Around 135 guests, 30 min ceremony, 1.5 hour cocktails (pictures on site), 4.5 hour reception! Starts at 430p should end by 11pm!
Post # 6
20-30 min ceremony
1 hour for socializing/drinks/snacks (don’t want to call it a cocktail hour)
3 hours for remainder of reception.
Total time should be 5 hours or so.
Post # 7
i’m still getting rsvp’s bad, but im guessing 125ish people, and we are having a half hour champagne time before ceremony, our ceremony will be about 20ish minutes, and then cocktail hour, and five hour open bar reception
Post # 8
150 guests and 6 hours total
30 minute ceremony (6p)
1hr cocktails (6:30-7:30)
4.5 hours of dinner and dancing (7:30-12a….I don’t expect everyone to stay until midnight)
Post # 9
Yep! It is going to be a long day!
Mass/ceremony is from 2-3
Then pictures with family right after. The birdal party, me and the groom will go somewhere else to take pictures.
The appetizesrs/cocktails/dinner from 5-7 (this may be too long..I was going to have mariachis play for an hours and then make our entrance around 6)
Finally the dance from 7-1am. I’m pretty certain our guests will stay the whole night and dance. Everyone is really into dancing.
Is anyone else doing the traditional dances?? Like the money dance, the dance with the “padrinos”..
Maybe I need to adjust the timeline…I’m trying to figure it out before we meet with the cater and get the invitations printed.
Post # 11
we will have 50-60 guests and trying to make our ceremony as short as possible!!
hopefully 20- 30 minutes
then 45 minute cocktail hour
then 4 hour reception
I would love to cut out the cocktail hour, but obviously we need it to take pictures.
Post # 12
Ours is really short! We are having 34 guests. The ceremony will probably only take 30 minutes or so, then we are having a cocktail hour followed by two hours for dinner and cake. We aren’t doing dj/dancing because our venue isn’t suited for it and it’s such a small group. But we are inviting anyone who wants to come to join us for bar-hopping after dinner.
Post # 13
OP: are you including the time between the Mass and the party?
45 min-1 hour for Catholic Mass (began at 2:30, latest time offered by our church)
(Post Mass photos, travel to reception site, wedding party and couple formal photos beween Mass and reception)
Reception from 6-12 (last call for alcohol at 11)
We had about 265 guest. For entertainment we had mariachi during appetizers, dinner, grand entrance. Our DJ was there the whole time to play during breaks and take over music after the mariachi left.
It seemed like a lot of time when planning for the reception, but the day went fast as did the party. With all those guests, I’m sure you’ll feel like it whizzed by at the end of the night, at least that’s how I felt. I feel like I barely danced.
Anyway, I don’t think like it seems too long. I know the 6-12 thing is norm in my family and social circle. Main difference was the gap between the Mass and reception for the non Catholics.
Post # 14
we had 255 guests.
1.5 cocktail hour BEFORE the ceremony (invite time was 6pm)
Ceremony lasted 20-30min (incl processional) max
followed by dinner and dancing that lasted until 2am. Cake/dessert was around 12.
Post # 15
Ceremony starts at 5:30pm and reception ends at 11pm.
The plan is for a 30min ceremony max, including getting people seated etc, 1hr for cocktails, and 4hr dinner and dancing reception.
ETA: 50-65ppl at an all inclusive weekend wedding at an Inn.
Post # 16
150-180 people, we’re having a 30 minute ceremony, then going straight to the reception (doing photos before the ceremony). The reception will most likely go for about 3 hours, so it’ll all be over by about 5pm, and we’re then going to have an after party at the same location which will go until everyone gets tired and goes to bed – so any time from 5pm to 5am the next morning.