(Closed) How long for reception?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
157 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012



around 30 min, my dad s a priest and he said that´s the time it usually takes, and we are having an singer sing 2 or 3 songs 🙂

Post # 4
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I plan on it being around 4 hours long (including cocktail hour).

Post # 5
8472 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

5 and sometimes I wish I added the viennese hour to make it 6 since everyone says your wedding goes by too fast.

Post # 6
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Ours was five hours, including cocktail hour. It you can go longer, I’d say do it! People were still partying when we had to shut down at 11–only a few of the older guests left before then.

Post # 7
201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

1 hr for the ceremony and then the 7.5 hr reception follows right away (cocktails, dinner, live band plays from 8 till half past midnight), fireworks)


Post # 8
1901 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

5.5 hours (including cocktail hour). Then we’re moving down the street for an after party!! 😀

Post # 9
3501 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2002

ceremony 2-3 bridal party limo picture taking 3-5 cocktail 430-530 dinner at 6 reception immediately following! we have our venue until midnight but were planning on ending it early around 1030/11ish just because people will probably be tired and or hungry again lol. and were having our limo return to take the party goers downtown to the bars!

so i guess with cocktail hour thats 430-1030 6 hours HOLY LONG TIME i never thought of it that way!

Post # 10
693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Mine was 4 hours.  I agree it felt SO SHORT since we were constantly being pulled away for pictures.  I wish we’d had another hour to dance or visit our guests.

Of course it was early in the day (2:00-6:00) so we had an after party at a GM/BM’s house.  Still, would’ve extended the reception if I could.

Post # 11
1488 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Including cocktail hour, we are having a 6 1/2 hour reception.

Post # 13
356 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

This is a very interesting post to me! I want mine to last longer, too. Right now we’re planning 4 hours, but that doesn’t seem like enough. I’d love 6 hours.  BUT…do you then have to feed them more? Have some kind of after dinner meal? And more drinks? Seems like an expensive two hours. Anyone have any experience/insight on this?

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