(Closed) How Long Was Your Entire Wedding?

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: How long did/will your ceremony and reception last?
    Less than 3 hours : (0 votes)
    3-4 hours : (0 votes)
    4-5 hours : (3 votes)
    14 %
    5-6 hours : (9 votes)
    41 %
    6-7 hours : (2 votes)
    9 %
    7-8 hours : (3 votes)
    14 %
    8-9 hours : (2 votes)
    9 %
    10 + hours : (3 votes)
    14 %
    Other : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I think it also depends on what type of ceremony you are having.  For example a full Catholic mass will take at least an hour.

    Post # 4
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    14185 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Ceremony at 6pm, reception until 11pm. Plenty of time. My friend had a catholci wedding at like, 230pm….it was SOOOOO long and went until 11pm. I couldm’t believe how bad my feet hurt. Everybody was so beat!

    Post # 5
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    1207 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    Our ceremony started at 2:00 pm.  That was the latest time we could have, we wanted a midnight toast, so our cocktail hour didn’t start until 6:00 pm and the reception lasted until 1:00 am.  So we had about a three hour break in the middle of the day.

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I just realized I messed up in the poll…

    Our ceremony is at 5, the reception starts around 6 and we have to be out at midnight. We’ll gather for an after party (if we last) next door so that could go another hour or two. All of my guests will be taking a trolley from the reception site to the ceremony, where they will be greated with strawberries and cocktail, so thing really start at 4:30.

    So I guess we would actually be in the 9-10 range, but officially 7 hours.

    Post # 8
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    175 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    We are doing the ceremony and reception at the same site, and have the venue for at total of 6 hours (which includes the cocktail hour). I was totally stressed about the timeline but actually our venue manager helped to set the entire schedule for us, with our input, and our photographer helped us to schedule the events leading up to the wedding (since she is photographing the getting-ready and doing formal portraits before the wedding).

    If you’d like, I can send you a copy of my schedule so you can get an idea how long each event will take on average.

    Post # 9
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    769 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    our ceremony is at 5 and our DJ finishes at 11:30. Everything is at the same place so we get a lot of time to party and hang out. i’m so excited! i’m working on my timeline now!

    Post # 10
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    3316 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    Ours turns up as very long there, but that was because we had two receptions.   On our wedding day, we had the ceremony and a luncheon reception, with a total time of about 5 hours.  Three days later, we had our at-home reception, which was another 5 hours.

    Post # 11
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    841 posts
    Busy bee

    Short and sweet 🙂 Less then 5 hours 🙂

    Post # 12
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    3539 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    ours started at 2pm… ceremony was over by 2.30pm then reception started at 6pm and went through till 11pm so you could say 5 1/2 hrs! lol

    Post # 13
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    2532 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Ceremony started at 6, reception started at 7:30 and lasted until 11:30-11:45. By the end my husband and I were tired and ready to end the night! I would have loved to be able to talk to more people, dance more and get more pictures, but I was beat!

    Post # 14
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    1093 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: Private home

    We started our ceremony at 11:30 and waved goodbye to our guests around 4pm.  We had our wedding and reception at a nice restaurant, but we had to be out by four to allow them to set up for dinner.  Now if you’re counting afterparties, we had dinner with all the family and remaining guests around 7 and then around 9 we took the leftover cake, went out to a local bar and partied til about 1.

    Post # 15
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    We have the same exact timeline as you. Ceremony will start at 430 or 530 and will go until 10 or 11. So, 5.5 hours total. 

    Post # 16
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    6572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    Our ceremony started at 4:30, coctail hour  at 5, and dinner at 6:30 (we had more people at the reception then the ceremony and didn’t want people coming early and crashing). We had the place as long as we wanted, but it was a Sunday night so it ended at ten. We didn’t do all of the traditional stuff (just toasts) and didn’t do much dancing (only the hora), but it seemed like plenty of time and I was exhausted by the time it ended.

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