(Closed) How long was your reception without cocktail hour?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How long is your reception without cocktail hour?
    3 hours : (7 votes)
    27 %
    4 hours : (13 votes)
    50 %
    5 hours : (4 votes)
    15 %
    other : (2 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 2
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    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.

    Post # 3
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    12291 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    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. 

    Post # 4
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    2331 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Our reception started at 6pm, and we ended it at 1am and hardly anyone left before midnight. 

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    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! 

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    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. 

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Ceremony from 4:30 to 5:00, cocktails after, reception from 6:30 to midnight, after party in our hotel room until 4am 🙂

    Post # 8
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    peonyinlove:  I don’t know how it is elsewhere, but some (perhaps many) venues in the US book more than one wedding per day and would not be able to accommodate those longer timeframes. Four hour receptions are very common here.

    Post # 10
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    602 posts
    Busy bee

    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. 

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2016 - Magnolia House

    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 

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 8 months ago by  kellijo13.

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