(Closed) how late?

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Do you plan on having the ceremony right before, having it followed by cocktails, and finishing off with lunch/dinner? What’s the sitch here? 🙂

Post # 5
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 1993

I think it depends on the majority of the people at your reception. We are having our reception start around 6 or 6:30 (still deciding) and have the venue until 1 am. Knowing my family and friends, a majority of them will still be there until the very last minute! Because I know they love to party, I am not concerned about having a "later" reception because I know they’ll all stick around. However, I think if you start dinner later than 7:30 (which will be followed by toasts, cake cutting, etc.) it will really cut into the "party" time of your reception. I would just consider the bulk of your guests (elderly family members? same-age friends? young children?) and base your decision on that. Hope this helps!

Post # 6
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Our wedding is at 4:30; reception immediately following (at the same venue).  So dinner will be about 6:00.  We actually expect everybody to be gone before 10:00, but we have a pretty sedate crowd, and are having a little jazz combo rather than a DJ.  I think we are actually going to duck out around 9:30, as our hotel is about 45 minutes away.

It does totally depend on your guests.  While we have friends who would party late, they won’t hang out long after we leave.  The rest of our guests are family, and most are older, and if they’re not in bed by 10:30 I think it takes them weeks to recover.

Post # 7
267 posts
Helper bee

Our guests were mostly relatives and other adults, with maybe 1/3 being friends about our age. That being said, everyone was pretty much out by 10:30. Dinner started at 6pm. I know that many of our friends went out to bars or partied in their hotel rooms afterwards, so they weren’t bored by having the reception over by 11:00 or anything.

Post # 8
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Our ceremony is planned to start at 6pm, cocktail hour 7-8:30pm, dinner and dancing from 8:30pm-1am

We are not having a lot of kids .. for us we decided it was ok to go this late because the hotel is literly right across the street where 85% of the people will be staying… We also have a lot of people our age (20’s) who will go out afterward anyways…

If your debating a late wedding defintly think about your guest’s convienence and drive home

Post # 9
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

hey there…church ceremony (1 hr) starting at 5:30PM, hotel cocktail hour and sit down dinner/dance reception for 140 guests from 7pm to midnight. we like to dance and are Hispanic, so we usually eat later and stay up later. although this isn’t too late for us since we’re leacing on our honeymoon the next day.

Post # 10
153 posts
Blushing bee

We are doing  the ceremony at 6:30  cocktail hour at 7:30  Reception til about 1230-1 

Post # 11
123 posts
Blushing bee

went to two weddings recently, both started around 4pm. the first one had a good size croud of young childless people ( married or single) and so the party went on well until 1am with some festivities at the bar and in bridal suite. I think we left past 2am.

Second wedding had a lot of old people ( aka in wheel chairs and walkers) and people with kids, so most were gone by 10pm, with maybe 10 people left dancing until later. I think we were done around 10:30-11pm.

I think everything depends on your guests, young to old ratio, single to married with kids ratio. I think count on being done by 11pm-midnight.

Post # 12
180 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

our wedding is at 3:30, 30 min ceremony, with 30-45 minutes for pictures. guests move to the reception site at 5, and dinner is at 5:30. i’m planning on wrapping it all up around 10 or 10:30.

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