(Closed) How long was your Reception?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
1006 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
11271 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@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
3885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
964 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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
1038 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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.

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