Post # 1
I’m not throwing my own shower but we’re planning to have it in the lounge area of my apartment building (it’s a really nice space) so I’m handling reserving the space. How long do you think a shower should last? I’ll add padding time for set-up and clean-up, but I just have no idea how long to reserve it for. I’ve been to one non-traditional shower and that’s it.
Post # 2
most I’ve been to are 3ish hours
Post # 3
I think 2-3 hours is the norm
Post # 4
- 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
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 # 7
I would book 5 hours. One to set up, 2-3 for the party and one to clean up.
Post # 8
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
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
Agreed, 2-3 hours. Book five to give you extra time to get in and get out.
Post # 11
I’m going to join the 3 hour club too
Post # 12
- Wedding: July 2017 - Nashville, TN
Mine was from 11-2 brunch buffet for about 50 ppl.
Post # 13
- 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
2-3 hours. I’d book for 5, so you have an hour on each end for set up and clean up.
Post # 15
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.