(Closed) How long is your reception?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think it depends what’s happening at your reception. We have a cocktail hour (1hr), dinner (1.5hrs), and then general dancing, cake cutting, bouquet toss, etc (5.5hrs)

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We’re having an hour long cocktail hour and a 4 hour reception. I”m a little nervous because we have a 4 course dinner, plus cake, and I want to make sure we have enough time to dance!

@Nola: I am also trying to limit the number of people giving speeches…but it’s not easy! It seems like everyone wants to talk, lol.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Ours is 5 hours total. 1 hour cocktail + 1.5 dinner/cake cutting + 2.5 dancing. 

Ours will be very segmented though (like people can’t just graze even though its a buffet) because our reception venue is two levels. Cocktail hour downstairs, dinner upstairs, then dancing downstairs. So they will physically move locations for each thing. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Ours is 4 hours long. We don’t have a cocktail hour, so it’s all for the buffet and dancing! We’ll cut the cake while people are still eating most likely 🙂

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Our reception is 5.5hrs.   We’re having 1.5hr for cocktails (trying to squeeze in pics during the cocktail hour), 1.5 hours for dinner/cake-cutting, and 2.5hrs for dancing.  We’re also hosting an after-party for the out-of-towners who want to continue dancing and catch up w/friends.  

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Ours ended up being 6 hours — we scheduled for 4, but things started running late, and then people stayed longer to dance than we anticipated! We didn’t get charged any extra, though, since we had the venue for the night and our DJ charges for 6 hours anyway.

ETA: We had a cocktail hour, cake cutting, plated dinner (this took a while), went around to each table to greet everyone (200 guests), did mother/son and father/daughter dances, bouquet toss, garter toss, and fraternity and sorority songs as the scheduled “events” during the reception.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Ours including cocktail hour will be 5.5 hours – our ceremony is at 6 and we will start our cocktail hour at 6:30 and end at midnight. I hope we have enough time!!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Three hours, starting immediately after the ceremony. There will be a “mini” reception of just beverages for about 15-20 minutes while the ceremony room is being reset for our hors d-ouevres buffet. No dancing, no speeches (except maybe the groom and/or I thanking everyone for coming), no bouquet/garter toss. We’re going to cut the cake right after the prayer, before anyone starts to eat/get distracted/leave.

Most guests wouldn’t stay much longer than that anyway, as the older folks don’t drive after dark, my dad’s family can’t stand to be in the same room with one another for more than an hour, and FI’s out-of-town family aren’t staying overnight (they’re driving back to the nearest one’s home – 3 hours away – to stay the night before flying out from a major airport the next day). And it’s all ok, because Fiance and I need to go to bed early to catch our honeymoon flight early the next morning.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Our reception was 4.5 hours. 70 guests and only cake cutting. I think it was just enough time to relax and enjoy ourselves and check in with all our guests. 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Mine was 6 hours and I still thought it was too short.  If you could make it longer I would; I mean your wedding day only happens once.   good luck

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m also getting married in New Orleans. We’re having a 4 hour reception but 3 hours is the norm for the area. We had to ask our vendors to tack on another hour as most of the quotes we received were for 3 hours (band, venue). The reason we decided to add an hour is because 75% of our guests are traveling from out of town and we aren’t inviting most of them to the rehersal dinner or having an organized brunch the next day. We sort of felt bad having people travel so far to only have a 3 hour reception.

We’re thinking of doing this:

45 min cocktails/pics

15 min speeches

1.5 hr dinner to overlap with dancing (we’re having buffet and having tables called up)

1.5 hr dancing

.5 hr cake/first dance/bouquest toss/etc.

 

 

 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Ours will be 4 or 5 hours, which I think is on the shorter side of the weddings I’ve been to (not many!). We’ll have the cocktail hour from 5-6 and reception with buffet dinner from 6-10. There is no option to add on extra time, all tented receptions have to end at 10. I figure we’ll just have an early after party!

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Mine was 6 hours (6pm cocktail hour and it went until midnight) and that seemed about perfect 🙂

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