(Closed) How long did your reception last?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: My reception was/will be.....
    2 hours long : (3 votes)
    7 %
    4 hours long : (19 votes)
    46 %
    6 or more hours long : (14 votes)
    34 %
    other : (5 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 3
    2295 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Our ceremony is at 5:30 and reception is immediately following (so starting about 6 I figure), ending at 11. 5 hours. I hope most people will stay at least until 9. We have entertainment options for the non-dancers too.

    Post # 4
    341 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Including cocktail hour it will go from 4:30pm – midnight.  We are assuming most of the older guests will leave at 9pm (after the bouquet and garter toss) and then it will have more of a party vibe.

    Post # 5
    1902 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

    4.5 hours (including cocktail hour).

    Post # 6
    4194 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    We had the venue for 5 hours, with a 1/2 hour ceremony, so reception with cocktail hour was 4.5. We had an after-party at the hotel bar, which was just a mile away- a lot of guests who weren’t staying at the hotel still came to that as well.

    Post # 7
    671 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    we are planning on 530pm-1am, so 7 and a half hours, saving all the money I can since its a long time for an open bar

    Post # 8
    2216 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    5.5 hours.

    Post # 9
    237 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We’re planning on a 4:30 ceremony, cocktail hour from 5-6, and reception from 6-10, so 4 hours. We’re not allowed to stay at the venue past 10 because of noise ordinances so if we’re still up for more partying afterward we’ll probably go out downtown near the hotel most of the guests will be staying out. 

    Post # 10
    8472 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    5 including the cocktail hour


    Post # 11
    795 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013 - Four Rivers Environmental Center

    Mine is going to be 6 hours, including cocktail hour. We have the venue from 12-12 and we HAVE to be out by midnight so I’m doing a quick 4pm ceremony, then the reception from 5 – 11. 

    Post # 12
    88 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Our ceremony is starting at 3:30 and will last about 30 mins.  Cocktail hour while we’re doing our pics from 4:00-5:00 so the reception is going from 5:00 to 10:00.. DJ is playing until 9:30 tho.

    Post # 13
    3569 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Right now it’s supposed to be six hours. Our Venue discourages people by the fee they charge per hour to go over the alloted time. Fi already told me he is putting the money in our budget because if the party still going we are going to have it go until 2am. We have a good mix of ages and a lot of people in the 20’s and 30’s so we might end up having a late party.

    Post # 14
    748 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Our reception lasted from 7:00 to 11:00. It started to die down a lot around 10:30 or so though. I think it was a decent amount of time! 🙂

    Post # 15
    224 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012 - Padua Hills Theater

    Our ceremony was at 5:30, followed by cocktail hour from 6-7. The “reception” portion was from 7-11

    Post # 16
    3369 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We’re having a really casual beach wedding on a Sunday afternoon, so we are just doing a dessert/cake reception. Our length will also be two hours. That gives everyone plenty of time to get home to Portland/Roseburg (both are three hours from the venue) so no one has to miss school or work on Monday morning. 

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