(Closed) How long was your wedding day?

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: How long was your wedding day? (from beginning of ceremony, to end of reception)
    5 hours and less : (17 votes)
    23 %
    6 hours : (15 votes)
    21 %
    7 hours : (5 votes)
    7 %
    8 hours : (8 votes)
    11 %
    9 hours or more! : (28 votes)
    38 %
  • Post # 3
    11481 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    @jema:  My real answer is not long enough! My ceremony and reception were held at the same location.  My hour-plus-long ceremony began at 6 p.m., and my reception officially ended at 11 p.m.  We had no time or area to have a receiving line, and, because we did not get to take a lot of pics before the ceremony, we spent our entire hors d’oeurves hour and most of our reception taking pics. I cried and cried for many months after the wedding that Darling Husband and I never had a chance to even go around and greet our guests. I had my dream wedding, and everyone had a wonderful time — except for me, since I felt as if I were barely there and never really had the chance to mingle.

    Post # 4
    6891 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I voted 5 or less, but we did not have a full meal. Ceremony started at 2 pm and we officially left at 6, though about 1/2 of the guests had left at that point. It was a very casual afternoon wedding with heavy hors d’oeuvres and “snack” type food. (It was plenty filling but certainly not a meal.) It was the perfect amount of time for what WE chose to do, but I know it’s not the norm. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 5
    74 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Our ceremony is scheduled to start at 2pm and it will go until around 3pm. Then we have 2 -2.5 hours for photos before arriving at our reception location. Our cockatil hour starts at 5:30, with the actual reception/dinner to follow. We have the venue available to us until 2am and, knowing our friends, I am sure we will be partying until at least that time! So, all in all, it will be 12 hours for us. Oy, it sounds exhausting (but sooo exciting!) just thinking of it!!

    Post # 7
    2232 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @jema:  A gap is totally normal in our area, I have only been to one wedding without one. 

    Post # 8
    9053 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Our ceremony was 2:30 to 3 pm due to restrictions on ceremony times at our venue and then then we took pictures for a couple hours and then cocktail hour started at 5:30. We had our venue till 130 and expected to wrap up around 11 but the party was still going pretty hard till 1am and theN we and about 20 guests stayed behind to “clean up” with a few “unauthorized” beverages.  We finally made it back to the hotel around 2:30am. 

    Post # 10
    7899 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    Standard dinner receptions are 4 hours, and they are often prefaced by 1 hr for cocktail and hors d’oeuvres to entertain your guests while you take photos. PS that is the point of that hour, to entertain them while you aren’t there, so don’tworry about trying to be there.

    The ceremony can be anywhere from 5 minutes to over an hour of it includes something like catholic mass.  try to keep time between ceremony and cocktails or reception to a minimum.  People will get tired, and if you want them to be there for all the high points of the reception, you should not wasttimer time earlier in the day. 

    Post # 11
    5984 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 1999

    We married at 2pm and had a 6-11pm reception.  There was a 45 minute drive between the ceremony location and reception venue.  During that time the wedding party and family photos were taken as well.  I wish the reception would’ve lasted longer…I could’ve danced and partied for days!!

    Post # 12
    74 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @jema: A gap is very common in our area. Especially if you are getting married in a church (like we are) – 2pm is our church’s latest ceremony time and, unless we wanted to start our cocktails/dinner at 3pm, then we are forced to have a gap! I have been to tons of weddings like this and I always enjoy the break. It is a nice time to freshen up, get to the reception site without rushing, etc. Plus, the couple needs time for photos – they are all you’ll have left (other than memories) after the day is over!

    Post # 13
    1629 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    The end of our reception I counted as being the end of the emcee’d portion of the night. Ceremony started at 5, the cake was cut and the dances were done by around 9. Then the party started! I think we got out of there by about 2 or 3.

    Post # 14
    74 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @mrsSonthebeach: How did you come to the assumption/knowledge that standard dinner receptions are only 4 hours? I have no sources other than my own experiences to suggest differently (so you very well might be right) but I’ve been to at least 15-20 weddings and not a single one has ended before 1am (and many lasted til 2am and beyond if there were after parties) and they all started between 5-6pm. So that means that they were all at least 7+ hours. Maybe it is a regional thing?

    Post # 15
    1102 posts
    Bumble bee

    Our ceremony was at 4pm and it kind of just melted into cocktail hour (bit more than an hour really, and we spent most of it doing photos) and then melted into reception which ended at 11pm. I’d been awake since before 6am (just couldn’t sleep anymore) so it was a long enough day for me ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 16
    851 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Arrive from 2 for ceremony, reception ends at 10pm. But the whole day goes for 24 hours ๐Ÿ˜›

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