(Closed) How long should a baby shower be?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
1745 posts
Bumble bee

most I’ve been to are 3ish hours


Post # 3
1082 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think 2-3 hours is the norm 

Post # 4
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

2-3 hours. The time will depend on number of guests (budgeting time to open gifts), if the hostesses are planning any games, time of food served, etc.

Post # 5
2108 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I think 2-3 hours is pretty normal. As you said though, it’s important to make sure you have the time to set up/take-down. I’d rather reserve to much time than not enough and risk having to kick people out before they are ready. 


Post # 6
2021 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013


Post # 7
7528 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would book 5 hours. One to set up, 2-3 for the party and one to clean up.

Post # 8
13890 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

2-3 hours for the shower.  Please no longer!  I’ve been to some that are longer and they just drag and drag and drag.

Like PP said, I’d book 5 hours so you have a buffer for set up and clean up.

Post # 9
3281 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I think mine was more like 3.5-4, and we only had like 16 people! That was just how long it took to eat, play ONE game, open gifts, then eat dessert/drink coffee/chat. Maybe my family is just really chatty!

Post # 10
459 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Agreed, 2-3 hours.  Book five to give you extra time to get in and get out.  

Post # 11
11050 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m going to join the 3 hour club too 

Post # 12
684 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Nashville, TN

Mine was from 11-2 brunch buffet for about 50 ppl. 

Post # 13
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

Mine was just shy of 3 hours. I’d say there was about 30 minutes of setup and 30 minutes of cleaning up after, but we didn’t go crazy with decorations and had a lot of help.

Post # 14
276 posts
Helper bee

2-3 hours. I’d book for 5, so you have an hour on each end for set up and clean up.

Post # 15
243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’d book at least 5.  Presents can take a long time, especially depending on how many people you have.  I’ve been to numerous showers where there wasn’t enough time reserved and were were all running around like crazy in a mad dash to clean up, pack up, etc… very stressful.  The more time you have (even if the invitation is only listed for 2-3 hrs) the better.  I would give more time to clean up than set up, mostly because the party itseled will likely run late.

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