(Closed) How late will guests stay? Sunday afternoon wedding

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
4047 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

If I had to drive an hour or so to your wedding on a Sunday, I’d probably leave by 8pm. 9pm at the very latest. I’m in my 20s without children.

Though I know a lot of kids sleep well in the car. Many of my family members with kids would probably stay until 8pm and let the kids sleep on the way home. That’s what I’d do as well. 

So for photography coverage, I guess it depends on how many getting ready photos you want. 2pm – 8pm seems reasonable. Though I am not sure what type of reception you are having.

Post # 4
7200 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@carrotstick:  I’m 32 with no kids and would probably leave around 9pm. I’d imagine people with kids would leave around bedtime, maybe 8?, so the kids could sleep in the car. 

Post # 5
765 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I don’t have kids…but I’d probably leave by 9p.m. too…especially if I had to work the next day. 

Post # 6
2868 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m having a Sunday wedding too.  I think it depends on your crowd.  Mine are mostly either young or retired, so I don’t think anyone has to work (or at least not early) the next day.  Our venue has a rule of no amplified noise after 10, so that’s when we are ending; I’m thinking/hoping people stay until then! We also won’t have any kids there.

ETA: love your venue!

Post # 8
2948 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1998

Sundays can be a little harder for guests. I’m in my 30’s with 2 children and I’d have to leave by 9.30 at the latest especailly if I had to travel 1 hour to get home. 

Post # 9
10452 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Yah I’d probably leave 8:30-9 if I had an hour to drive still. 

Post # 10
1192 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@carrotstick:  i just went to a wedding like this. I left by 8:00. Especially because everyone was sitting around, it was not a very lively reception.

Post # 11
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We had a sunday afternoon wedding. The ceremony was a smidge earlier at 2:00pm, and we served an early dinner at about 4:00.  Our guests consisted mostly of family, but the group of friends that were there did dance for a bit. Most of my family live about 2 hours away, and his about an hour or so.  We made our getaway about 5:45pm. We knew going in that we were not going to be having some party all night reception, and that was perfecftly fine with us.  We did have a party bus meet us, and our friends at the hotel. We have a small group of close friends, so for us this made more sense.  The bus got back to our hotel about 12:00AM.    

Post # 12
2359 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We had a Sunday wedding and 95% of our guests were from out of town.   Most guests stayed till about 1am But they had their hotel room so didnt work the Monday.   

Post # 13
757 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If I had to travel an hour I would probably leave between 10 and 11 on a Sunday. I am in my 20’s and don’t have kids, plus I don’t have to be at work until 9:30.

Post # 14
9135 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Attended a wedding on a Sunday and left by 9pm since I had to drive home and get ready for work the next day.  When we left the wedding crowd of around 100 people had thinned to less than 20.  We don’t have kids but we had to drive an hour home and still wanted time to relax before bed.

Post # 15
638 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@carrotstick:  our wedding iis on a sunday arvo as well… reception at around 5pm..we’re actually expecting things to wrap up at 9pm.

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