- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2015
Whats the perfect length?
Whats the perfect length?
My reception was three hours, not counting the hors d’oeuvres hour. Sadly, it was too short, because I never really had time to interact with my guests. I would recommend four hours following your cocktail hour, if possible.
Where I am it’s commonly five hours including cocktail hour for an evening party and four hours including cocktail hour for an afternoon reception. I think five hours total is a good length. Keep in mind that many people believe it’s rude to leave early, so ending at a reasonable time is a courtesy to guests, too.
Our reception started at 6pm, and we ended it at 1am and hardly anyone left before midnight.
i am always shocked on here or on american wedding blogs about how short people’s receptions are. i’m getting married at 4pm, and it would not be out of the ordinary for receptions to still be going at midnight, 1 or 2 am.
dinner is at 6, so …yeah – other!
Our reception was 5 hours without cocktail hour (6 hours with it). It was way to short. We had the country club from 5-11…..but to be honest we weren’t all out of there until 12. We had trolley transportation from the reception back to the hotel starting from 9 and running every half hour until the reception ended…….at the end of the night we had a solid 80 people left around 11 so we all had to stay late at the country club until the trolley ran enough times to get back to the hotel.
no one was done partying so we all went to the hotel bar after until it closed at 2am. Hindsight we would have booked a longer Time with the venu but the bar was fun and free sice we didn’t have to pay for the space or extra time 🙂 even with 6+ hours I still felt like I didn’t have enough time to really visit with anyone. We were pulled in a million directions and posed for a million photos with people. This person wants to dance with you, that person wants to have a drink with you, this person wants to tell you the secrets of marriage, that person wants to ask you about your life goals. Couldn’t do it all, I would get a minute with someone before getting pulled in another direction.
Ceremony from 4:30 to 5:00, cocktails after, reception from 6:30 to midnight, after party in our hotel room until 4am 🙂
We are having a sunday wedding a so I want to end at 10. I’m just trying to decide when to Start. I know the day is going to go by too fast!
our reception ran from 630-midnight, the first hour being a cocktail hour. Then we moved to the hotel bar for another hour or two.
futuremrsrcb: I would think a Sunday wedding will definitely be over by 10 no matter when you start unless you have a lot of people with no job or Monday is a holiday. One venue I looked at gave a discount for Sunday’s but she said most people let just after dinner or cake cutting. I personally have to get up at 5:30 for work so I would want to be home by 10
i don’t mean to be rude So please don’t take offense I was just saying what i would do as a guest. If I was you I would have reception start by 6
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