Post # 1
ok ladies. my venue is offering us a 6-10 reception with 6-7 being cocktail hour. and then dinner being served, etc etc. is that long enough?? it feels like it’s really short, but then again, i might just be trying to have this night last forever. what do you guys think?? and also, it is on a sunday evening if that helps.
thanks for all your help!!!
Post # 3
Most weddings I have been to go until 12. Sometimes even 1-1:30.
Post # 4
Cocktail hour 5:30-6:30, reception 6:30-10:30.
Post # 5
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
Ours is 5:00-6:00pm cocktails, 6:00pm-12:00am reception.
Post # 7
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
Ours is 4-5 cocktails and then everything will shut down at 11. We’re making our exit at 10.
Post # 9
@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.
Post # 10
We’re having a 5 hour reception (including cocktail hour). 7pm-12am
Post # 11
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
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
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
Ours is 5p-12a, 5-6 being cocktail hour.
Post # 15
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
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.