(Closed) How late would you stay for a Sunday wedding?

posted 11 years ago in Reception
Post # 46
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Helper bee

We are having a Sunday wedding. We plan for it to run from 4:30-10:30 but most of our guests are from Out of Town and will not be going to work the next day anyways. Plus alot of our guests work untraditional shifts so there are not alot of 9-5ers. I personally think if one of my friends or family were getting married I would make arrangements to stay for their whole event. Its not like its a bday party. It a very special occassion. I would stay as late as the bride and groom needed me to. But thats just me….I will let you know what happens at my wedding. lol. 🙂

Post # 47
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

our wedding was on a sunday. and it was about 45 minutes from home. we started the ceremony at 4:30 and people didn’t leave until around ten, which i was surprised at b/c there was no dancing.

i go to bed really early so if i was attending a sunday wedding i’d probably leave at 8 or 9.

Post # 48
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

It depends on how far away it was and if I had to work the next day. But, honestly, if it was a friend’s wedding, I’d probably stay as late as it ran, no matter what, and take Monday off.

If it was a boring family wedding or something, I might stay till 8 or 9.

Post # 49
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Even if it’s local and I had to work the next day, I’d stay the whole time for a close friend/family member’s wedding.  Or for a really fun wedding.  Ordinarily I’m in bed by 10, but I have no problem staying out later for a special occasion.

If I was bored, or not close to the couple, I’d probably leave around 8-9 PM.

Post # 50
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Helper bee

I would probably take the next day off from work….so it wouldn’t be an issue. 

Post # 51
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I would say 8pm would be it for me. 

Post # 52
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would say 9 or 10 if I had to work the next day.  The last Sunday wedding I went to, I think we were there until almost 10 (as was most of the guests).

Post # 53
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

6pm is incredibly early to end unless you are having a short cake and punch reception in the afternoon. Most people attending a Sunday wedding will take off work the next day if at all possible and prefer to attend until whenever a reception normally ends on Saturday evening. As a guest, I would stay as long as the party was going on.

Post # 54
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

If I was local I would probably stay until 10 or 11is, assuming that I would have to be at work in the am.  I went to a wedding on a Sunday a few years ago… it was about an hour drive and I stayed until 9 or 9:30 I think.

Post # 55
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think to be considerate of those that may not have the following Monday off or may have to travel a bit to return home that you should try to have the “main events” finished up by 8 pm.  This means dinner and cake cutting etc.  Obviously at most weddings you will have college friends/young adults and close family and friends that will stay no matter how late you go.  You just want to make sure you don’t have other guests sitting around pissed off that its after 8 pm and they feel like they can’t leave because you haven’t cut the cake yet.   

I think once you have those “main events” wrapped up by 8 pm or so you can choose to party as long as you and your guests are willing to.  

Post # 56
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We had a sunday wedding and our ceremony started at 3pm and our reception “ended” at 9 but a lot of people left early due to traveling. 

Post # 57
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

If we went to a Sunday wedding we would probably stay until whatever time so we could get home by a reasonable hour (like 10). If we were local, obviously we’d be willing to stay later. If we had a longer drive, we would have to leave earlier. However, if we were traveling, we might take Monday off instead of Friday (like we would if we were traveling to a Saturday wedding), so we could stay as late as we wanted.

Post # 58
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I think as a local with work the next day I would be comfortable staying till 8 pm….I would suck it up and stay till 9 if I had to…but if I was out of town I would probably be taking monday off anyways so it wouldnt really matter.

Post # 60
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I don’t think of Sunday like I do other weeknight wedding dates. Of course, it would mean taking Monday if I needed to travel, but in that case, how late the wedding go wouldn’t matter too much. To be kind to locals, I’d probably cut it off by 10PM.

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