(Closed) How big is your wedding and how many hours?

posted 7 years ago in Latino
Post # 3
8470 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Oh goodness, that’s long! My wedding was 100 guests, 40 min ceremony in church, 1 cocktail hour, & 4 reception hours. 

Post # 4
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
4014 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

54 guests.

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
148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

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
945 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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 # 10
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

160-180 people

30 min ceremony

1hr cocktails

2hr dinner (I think)

4.5hr dancing

Post # 11
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
109 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

OP: are you including the time between the Mass and the party?

My wedding:

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
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
3092 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
1900 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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.

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