Post # 1
My venue only offers 4 hour packages which include 30 min for ceremony. 30 for cocktail “hour” and 3 hours for reception. Is that long enough? The party will end at 10:30 and that seems awfully early to me.
I posted yesterday about having venue regret because of how small our ballroom is. It’s only small because we opted for the “west ballroom” which is half of the grand ballroom (closed off by a sliding door) and it’s really bothering me how cramped our guests may feel. It’s suppose to seat 200 but it really looks like only 80 can fit in there.
So basically I am in a pickle. I can either use the money towards purchasing an extra hour for the reception or renting out the Grand Ballroom. As a guest which would you prefer?
Post # 3
Ours was about 4.5 hours including clocktail hour but not including the ceremony. The 3 hours for reception does seem short since you have to cram dinner and cake cutting and dancing and all that into that time. Ours was 4.5 hours (1 hour cocktail hour) and so it was about 3-3.5 hours for the reception and it flew by. We barely had time for dancing.
If you’re going to stick with the current schedule, I would suggest planning it out very well so everything transitions smoothly and you don’t feel too rushed. Limit speeches and that kind of thing that can take up alot of time.
Post # 4
Mine was 2:30-3:00 for a ceremony, but we had the area from 2-4. And then reception was 5:30-midnight planned, and everybody had to be out by 1am includng cleanup.
Also, I’d take their word for it that the venue seats 200. Or ask to come by one day when it’s set up for another event. I was recently planning an event for work in a ballroom that was supposed to accommodate 300, and when it was empty I thought there was NO WAY, but there was plenty of space.
Post # 5
@MrsRedPumps: 4 hours seems a little short to me when you include the ceremony too. were you planning a dance or anything after dinner? if so, i would probably add a couple of hours. dinner will take 1.5-2 hrs minimum with the number of people you have.
as for the size, perhaps you can ask the venue how they plan on setting up the tables, etc to see if that’s enough room. they should know their spaces and capacities. also, does this size of room accommodate a dance floor or will tables need to be moved after dinner? something to inquire about.
Post # 6
We have 4 hours for ceremony, cocktails, dinner and reception all in the same venue and I’m actually worried it might be too long (it’s on a boat so people can’t leave if they’re bored).
Post # 7
I am having the same issue. We have to be off the property by either 10 or 11. The only good part is that clean up can be done the next day so we can party right up to the end. We do have the option of having an after party so we might just do that.
Post # 8
My wedding is at 5:15 and we have to be out of the beach park and everything cleaned up by 10 pm. But I think it will be plenty of time. Gonna be less than 40 people and we really aren’t the dancing crowd so I honestly don’t see anyone dancing. I’m going for a more casual, laid back on the beach vibe anyways. I can see us just hanging out with everyone, chatting with some good music playing in the background.