(Closed) How long is your reception?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How long was your reception/how long will your reception be?

    1-3 hrs

    4 hrs

    5 hrs



  • Post # 3
    782 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Our ceremony begins at 5 and the reception ends at 10. So our reception will probably be 4.5 hours at the very least.

    Post # 4
    4134 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    I think mine is 4 hours. The ceremony starts at 6, cocktail hour will probably be from 6:45- 7:45 if the ceremony doesn’t start exactly on time, and then the reception will officially start at 8 and go to midnight

    Post # 5
    453 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    5 hours total.  Cocktail hour is 6-7, reception is 7-11

    Post # 6
    2057 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

    Our reception went from 3:30pm-1am. After 8pm it was drop-in and anyone could come dance and party.

    Post # 7
    5528 posts
    Bee Keeper

    The drinks reception and wedding breakfast are from 1.30pm-5.30pm, we then have a break for 2 hours, then the evening reception starts at 7.30pm, and there is no official finish time; I imagine it’ll start getting quieter around 1am, but won’t finish until 2-3am, as a few of us plan to make a night of it.

    So, about 9 hours plus?

    Post # 8
    185 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @toelopeornottoelope:  I voted 4 hrs but then realized you wanted us to include cocktail hour. Mine is 5 hours with cocktai hour.

    Post # 9
    2248 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

    Our reception will be about 4.5 hours, so I chose 4. We are getting married at 5 and I believe reception should start by 6 with us arriving by about 6:45. Fireworks go up about 9:30 and finish about 10:15 so we will leave around 10:30. This will be plenty considering I will have run a half marathon that morning.

    Post # 10
    1943 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    My ceremony is at 4 and we have to be done with the reception by 10pm (no music after that at my venue), so I voted 6 hours but it will really be more like 5.5 hours.  I feel like it’s actually shorter than standard – I feel like it would be ‘normal’ for ours to start when it does and then go to midnight but I could be wrong.

    Post # 11
    260 posts
    Helper bee

    I’m always shocked when I hear about people talking about 5 hour receptions.  I’ve only been to wedding receptions that start at 4:00-5:00 and have never been to one that ended until well after midnight.  This has to be a regional thing.

    We haven’t signed a contract yet, but our #1 venue choice would have cocktails from 5-6 and reception from 6-1:30 or so (bar closes at 1).  So that’s 8.5 hours.  However, I know people will stay for at least most of the night (with the exception of the older & very young crowd). The 4 weddings I’ve gone to since I was a teenager have always still been packed at midnight.

    Post # 12
    2300 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat

    Our reception will go on for as long as people want to party.The dj is down with whatever and the venue is flexible.

    It’s looking like our ceremony will be at 4, reception starting at 5… so two years of waiting for a five hour party (when our house parties go on for much longer) seems so anti-climactic!

    Post # 13
    6533 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    6pm – 1am so 7 hours. That seems short to me! I couldn’t do any shorter. I want a big long fun party. 

    Post # 14
    2567 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    With the ceremony, we had 4 hours; the ceremony was maybe 20 minutes and we did get about a 10-15 minute late start, so really let’s call the reception 3.5 hours.  It was not long enough; the only thing, in hindsight, I’d have changed about our day would have been to make it longer.

    We were on a chartered ship so there was no option for guests to leave early; I doubt any would have, if they’d had the option, as everyone was having a great time with nice food, good music, open bar, and a great (and drama-free) group of people.

    Post # 15
    1466 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1998

    Our reception includes our ceremony – so 6 hours. Excluding the ceremony, about 5 1/2 hours. 

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