(Closed) How long did/will your wedding last?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: How long did/will your wedding last? (Beginning of ceremony to end of reception)
    2 hours : (1 votes)
    1 %
    3 hours : (4 votes)
    4 %
    4 hours : (8 votes)
    8 %
    5 hours : (16 votes)
    15 %
    6 hours : (15 votes)
    14 %
    7 hours : (20 votes)
    19 %
    8 hours : (15 votes)
    14 %
    9 hours : (9 votes)
    9 %
    10 hours + : (16 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 32
    1115 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Ours was 430-10pm.  When planning I thought it was wayy too short, but it was perfect.  We just went to a wedding that started at 630 and we left by 10…even though it was a great time and dancing was fun!  Lots of people even left before us.  So although I think some people make weddings an “all nighter” I think most guests don’t/won’t. 

    Post # 33
    358 posts
    Helper bee

    I could not handle a super long wedding plus we want to get marrsundown a Sunday so don’t want to stay too late.  I still want energy for that night and our honeymoon too.  We will prolly do a 4:30 PM ceremony and leave the reception no later than 9pm

    Post # 34
    9818 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    5:30-midnight.  so 6.5 hours.

    Post # 35
    1734 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Ours would have been 5 hours total. 11 a.m. ceremony, then reception from noon-4. However, we ended up canceling the ceremony and eloping, so our actual ceremony time was about 10 minutes 🙂

    The reception is this Saturday and while we still have the room from 12-4 I don’t think everyone will stay that long.

    DH’s cousin got married two weeks ago. Her ceremony was at 4:30 and we left the reception at 11 and the party was still going strong!

    Post # 36
    3569 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    over 10 hours


    We got married in a church and the lastest time starting time we can get was


    4:30-5:15 Ceremony


    5:15-5:45  Picture time with Guest(we had an unplugged ceremony so we did picture time it was supposed to last 20 minutes so it went way over time.Thank god for our wedding planner who managed to make a line and make it streamline and manage to get at least half the guest to cocktail hour on time. 


    5:30/6:10- 7:15-Cocktail hour/ guest signing our “guestbook”, again thanks to wedding planner she had the foresight to ask the photobooth people not to open at this time so we managed to get back on time.


    7:15- our guest went to the ball room, got seated , first dance, speeches started, people got drinks


    7:30- 8:45-Speeches ended, first course started being served.  We spent 40 minutes greeting each table, we slipped away to our sweetheart table, it was amazing and I’m so happy that we did this, I ask the photographer not to come, and we had nice relaxing alone time to eat.


    8:50- Cake Cutting, dessert table,  bar re-opened, photobooth opened, we had the whole building, so we used the smaller quieter room down the stairs from the main ballroom  it had it’s own music, and view to outside, and sofa’s I was pleasantly surprised that people I expected to leave early hung around until about midnight or so.


    9-1:30am- Drinking and dance party galore!


    11:10- late night mini sliders we had lamb,kobe beef, lobster, Shrimp and bacon, chicken, with home made chips, and Rosemary parmesan fries, various dipping sauces.


    12- Our caterers were done cleaning up, and left,


    12:45 bar shut down


    1:30- last dance, we had about 55 people who made it to the end! Which is more then we expected so 30 people got on the shuttle, and again thanks to my wedding planners who called and arranged for a couple taxis to be waiting.


    I heard there was after party until about 3am, I was tired and basically had my husaband take off my dress, and I passed out at the hotel, Fi went for another hour I think.




    Post # 37
    572 posts
    Busy bee

    Ceremony was at 2, reception began at 5 and ran until 11 or so!

    Post # 38
    3765 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I had a big Catholic wedding. Ceremony began at 2:30, Wine & Cheese Cocktail hour at 4:30, Dinner at 5:30, and the reception was over around 10.

    Post # 39
    9130 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    We had a pre-ceremony cocktail hour (best idea ever!) starting at 3:30, the band ended at 10 (local ordinance), most people were gone by midnight, and some of us stayed up around the bonfire until about 3:30.

    So, 8-9.5 hours for most people and a solid 12 hours for a hardcore few  😉

    Post # 40
    3184 posts
    Sugar bee

    My wedding was 3.5 hours long. We had no dancing and 43 guest – almost all family. I wanted it to be a quick and easy event and it was.

    Post # 41
    2113 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    @ltj14:  We don’t have anything set in stone as far as timing is concerned, but gaps are the norm in my circle, most likely, we’ll have the ceremony 3-4, then the reception 7:30/8-12. While many of y’all tend to clutch your pearls at the thought of a gap, our guests are adults, even the kids, and are fully capable of entertaining themselves for that time span. I don’t need to hold their hands and it hasn’t hindered attendance at any precious family events and, trust me, there have been a lot of family events.

    Post # 43
    1143 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Ours was roughly seven hours. Ceremony started at 3:30, took about half an hour. Reception started at 6, dancing and whatnot started at 7, and last song played at 10:30. Just the right length for us.

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