(Closed) How long is your reception???

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Most weddings I have been to go until 12. Sometimes even 1-1:30.

Post # 4
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Cocktail hour 5:30-6:30, reception 6:30-10:30.

Post # 5
11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

We have our reception space from 5-11, so 6 hours. 21+ guests also get cover to all of this company’s other venues (bars).

Post # 6
1736 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Ours is 5:00-6:00pm cocktails, 6:00pm-12:00am reception.

Post # 7
286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Depends on what you are planning? 

I’m not having a long reception, I don’t have time restraints but we are having a daytime wedding, and a strict Baptist wedding so no alcohol for us. 

I’m not planning on drinking or dancing and I’m still figuring about 2 hours for the reception, so if there was drinking/dancing I’d think it would need to be much longer. 

Post # 8
3170 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Ours is 4-5 cocktails and then everything will shut down at 11. We’re making our exit at 10.

Post # 9
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@msgiraffe2013:  i’ve read a couple threads on here that have planned out 4 hour receptions like the one you are doing. it can be done! it just depends on what you are looking for. the fact that it is on a sunday might help though because most people won’t stay out partying late that day.

this one is for a 5-hour one…couldn’t find a 4-hour one right now but if i do, i’ll post.

Reception timeline

Post # 10
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We’re having a 5 hour reception (including cocktail hour). 7pm-12am

Post # 11
2874 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

ours is about 7.30-1.30…but thats typical in mexico where i live( to have late receptions till 1-2). i think a bit earlier is more standard in the UK/US right?

Post # 12
2116 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m arriving at 8AM to get ready.


Event time begins at 10AM. Ceremony begins at 10AM and I’m hoping will be over by 10:30AM.

We’ll be taking pictures/cocktail hour from 10:30AM-11:30AM.

Reception ENDS at 3PM.

So, they give us 5 hours for ceremony and reception.

Post # 13
1810 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We had a cocktail hour from 5-5:45ish and then dinner and dancing until 9. We had a fairly small wedding (56 people) and I thought that was enough time. I almost wish we had maybe ONE more hour, but we did have enough time for everything! I also have to add that most of our wedding guests were older and very few younger (our age) were able to attend. So afterwards husband and I and friends all met up at a local bar and had a freaking blast!

Post # 14
632 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Ours is 5p-12a, 5-6 being cocktail hour.

Post # 15
2116 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Here’s my timeline:


10:00 am: Ceremony (Same Location as Reception)

10:30 am: Cocktail Hour Begins; Formal Photos taken

11:30 am: Everyone seated for Brunch

11:40 am: Bridal Party Announced, Couple Announced

11:45 am: Dad welcomes everyone

11:50 am: First Course is served

12:00 pm: Best Man Toast. Maid/Matron of Honor Toast.

12:15 pm: Main Course is served.

12:45 pm: First Dance  

12:55 pm: Open Dancing/Mingling Begins

1:30 pm: Cake Cutting

1:45 pm: Bride and Groom Thanks 

1:50 pm: Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dances

2:00 pm: Open Dancing/Mingling Continues 

2:30 pm: Bouquet Toss

2:45 pm: Last Dance 

3:00 pm: Send Off


Post # 16
9538 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

10pm is a little short to me.  Most night-time receptions I’ve been to go until at least 11, or usually midnight.

Our ceremony will be at 5:30pm at the same venue as reception.  Reception time will be 6-midnight.  So that is 6 hours.

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