How long is the DANCING PORTION of your reception?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How long should I add on JUST for dancing?
    1 hour : (1 votes)
    2 %
    1.5 hours : (5 votes)
    10 %
    2 hours : (44 votes)
    85 %
    You don't need to add on dancing if you don't want guests will still enjoy themselves over dinner : (2 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    7649 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I would say just don’t have it honestly since it will be such a short amount of time, but if you do decide you need one or want one, I would go with 2 hours.

    Post # 5
    4495 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Dinner is starting at 7  and its a 5-course, sit down meal so I dancing will probably start around 9ish and go for about 2 hours.

    Post # 6
    922 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    If you don’t have dancing, guests will probably be leaving not long after dinner and cake.  I think most guests like to dance (as supported by previous threads here), but it depends on your crowd.  I think 1.5 – 2 hours of dancing would be plenty.  We are only having 2 hours, and I know that’s on the short end.  Most weddings I’ve been to were 3-4 hours, and I can’t dance that long!  I have left early from weddings when it just goes on and on of dancing.  But you may be okay with no dancing and leaving early… get to the wedding night sooner.  😉

    Post # 7
    525 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I think if you’re dancing would be that short, then I migt consider going without it. Can you and your husband leave before the guests? If so, you could dance/hang out for an hour than leave (at 10pm). If the guests wanted to keep going until 11, then they could without you.

    For our wedding, we had dinner from 7-9pm, then dancing from 9-1:30am. Not a lot of people danced, but those of us who did, had fun.

    Post # 8
    10453 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Ours will be about 4.5 hours. Dinner ends about 8:30, and we have until 1am. That’s the norm here.

    Post # 9
    2120 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I was suprised how many people were getting down at mine. people will dance the night away if you let them. They just need time to warm up 😉 I would say it was about 4-5 hours of it at ours and it was a little difficult kicking people out cuz they wanted to party longer lol

    Post # 10
    507 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We are having about 4.5 hours of dancing. Dinner ends around 7pm and the bar closes at 11:30.  The DJ will stay until midnight if there are still people dancing.

    Post # 11
    11233 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    The vast majority of ours will be dancing. Dinner, speeches (during dinner), and then dancing for the rest of the night. So probably 4 hours?

    Post # 12
    6341 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @LunaFleurLavender:  I didn’t vote; the dancing portion of ours will be 5-7 hours. 

    Post # 13
    3572 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Ours was about 4 hours of dancing.

    Post # 14
    3420 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Manhattan Church Rec Center

    a solid 2 hours

    Post # 15
    3194 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    ours is exactly two hours. our dinner starts at 8, and dinner, toasts/speeches, cake cutting and the three special dances are scheduled to end at 9:30. we have open dance floor until 11:30.

    Post # 16
    3726 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    We’ll have 2.5 to 3 hours or dancing.

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