Post # 1
I’ve been to a few weddings, but all were so different, and all lasted a different range of hours. So, how long did/will your wedding last?
Also, if you have advice for me: I’m having my ceremony & reception at the same location. We will have a cocktail hour & dancing….how many hours should a wedding like this last? I was thinking 4 hours for the whole shebang??
Post # 3
haha we are looking at about 10 hours but I know this is a bit long so let me explain.
Our reception venue is about an hour’s drive from our church (my family church). Also, my fiance is not American and he and his family think this is actually a short wedding since it is typical for a wedding to last from 3pm to 4am or longer! Our venue won’t let us stay past midnight due to town ordinances so he is planning to organize an afterparty to follow. We are starting the ceremony at 1 and bought extra hours beyond the standard offering in order to keep the party going and not disapoint his friends and family and I don’t think my friends and family are going to object but I assume older relatives may leave early.
Post # 4
Ours was supposed to be 4:30 ceremony start then 9:30 exit…didn’t actually leave until 10 bc the GMs were messing w/ our car, ugh, and that’s when our rental ended…luckily the owner didn’t seem PO’d, bc we only used a share of our time slot anyway due to having a church ceremony first about 20 mins away
Post # 5
Our whole wedding will be about 6 hours (ceremony starts at 4, reception ends at 10), and our ceremony and reception are about 15 minutes apart. I think 4 hours seems a little quick, even with everything taking place in the same location. If you have the ceremony (15-30 minutes), time for the guests to get to the cocktail hour area (say another 15-30 minutes), cocktail hour (one hour), dinner (1.5-2 hours depending on number of guests and buffet/sit down/stations), toasts/formal dances/cake cutting/bouquet and garter/etc… (another hour), and dancing (1-2 hours), you can see how it adds up quickly. If you cut out some of those things, you can probably cut it down quite a bit, though.
Just curious, does your venue only allow you to have the space for 4 hours? Because I probably would cut down on the event time rather than pay for extra hours, but it might be an option for you. 🙂
Post # 6
I think it depends on what time of day you’re having your wedding. Morning weddings are typically shorter, so are the receptions. A religious ceremony lasts longer (usually) than a secular one.
My wedding is in the morning, and the reception is at the same place. The wedding is at 11am, the reception ends at 4pm. So five hours total. I felt that after making my timeline, compressing the reception to 3pm would mean people would literally have to shovel the food into their faces because there wasn’t enough time for eating AND the activities.
Post # 7
We’re not having a cockatail hour, but our ceremony and reception are at the same site. Our ceremony begins at 6 PM and the reception ends at 11:30. I would think if you’re going to do ceremony, cocktails, dinner and dancing, you’d need more than 4 hours. Was that the timing suggested by your venue?
Post # 8
Our plan is for the ceremony to start at 2 and be outta the venue by 6:30. We’re not having a formal, sit down meal and our ceremony and reception are at the same location, so I’m hoping that will be enough time for us.
Post # 9
We’re planning on having the ceremony start at 5 (I think) and last about under an hour. Then we’ll head to the reception site about 10 minutes away and party until 11 or 11:30, or until our feet fall off and we fall asleep on the dance floor.
Post # 10
We’re doing our wedding a little different. We’re starting cocktail hour at 5, the wedding will be at 6. We’re hoping it will only last about 30 minutes and then the reception will start immediately at 6:30 with dinner being served. Our venue is suppossed to close at 10 pm
Post # 11
We actually have the venue booked from Noon-Noon the next day, We will start the ceremony at 5 and then the music has to be turned off at 10 so that would be 5 hours, which would work. The only reason I was thinking it should be 4 hours (ending at 9)is because our photographer can only cover so many hours and I want professional pictures of our exit, but we can swing 5 hours instead of 4 🙂
Post # 12
We are also having our ceremony and reception at the same location. The wedding will be a total of 6 hours from 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM. The ceremony is planned to start at 4:30 PM, Cocktail at 5:00 PM then dinner at 6:00 PM. The rest will be one big PARTAY (yes, I purposely spelled it that way)! My family loves to party so the remaining 3 hours will be a blur.
Post # 13
We are having our ceremony and reception at the same location. The ceremony will begin at 6:00, cocktail hour will be from 6:30 to 7:30 and the reception will follow from 7:30 to 11:30/midmight. So from when guest arrive around 5:30ish, till when they depart around midnight that’s about 6 hours of wedding fun!
Post # 14
Whew! I thought I was having an insanely short wedding with ceremony at 6pm and ending at 11pm. I guess this is kind of common, especially when you’re getting married at the same place your reception is. I was afraid our guests would feel like we rushed them too much.
Post # 15
You should add a polll =]
Post # 16
Our ceremony and reception are at the same place and the whole thing will be lasting 6 hours. It doesn’t feel like enough time though but maybe even if it were 8 or 10 hours long, that day will just fly for us. But yeah, I guess I’m pretty OK with the 6 hours – 45 minute ceremony (really 30 minutes but starting 15 minutes after official start time), budgeting 45 minutes for the cocktail "hour", dinner for 1 hr, all the activities (cake-cutting, bouquet toss, garter, first dances, etc), then 1 hr 45 minutes for dancing.