(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 # 17
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @jema:  We are too, it is pretty standard in Australia though.

    Post # 18
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    7899 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    I’ve gotten married twice and been in 4 other weddings and each reception was 4 hours.  Every hotel and banquet hall I toured or got an info pack from had a standard 4 hr + 1 for cocktails.  You could pay for extra hours.  Alsso every DJ i talked to or got a price list from assumes 4 hrs and more is extra.

    The only weddying I’ve even been to with a longer reception than that was a backyard wedding.

    Maybe it depends on region, but I’ve been to weddings in Florida, Texas, Maryland, and Georgia.

    Post # 19
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    2967 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    mine is going to be about 12 hours. ceremony 2-3, pictures from 3-5. we’re not having an official cocktail hour. dinner 5:30-7:00. dancing until midnight.

    it’s going to be a long day, but i want to have as much time as possible to enjoy everything i’m paying for 🙂

    Post # 20
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    74 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @mrsSonthebeach:  Hmmm. Interesting! It must be a regional thing! I am from Toronto, Canada and I have never heard of the 4 hour limit/expectation here. I toured tons of venues before I finally found mine and none of them gave any time limits – once you reserve the venue, it is yours all night (until the legal time when they have to stop serving, which is 2am). DJs/bands also expect to be used all night.

    I guess it is a good reminder that, as with so many wedding (and non-wedding) things, what is “normal” varies so much from one place to another!

    Post # 21
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    1512 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I think it’s regional. Out of all the weddings I’ve been to in the past five years, none have been longer than about 3 hours for the ceremony and reception. I’ve never heard of a break of more than about an hour between the two or driving over five minutes from ceremony to reception. Actually, only one wedding I’ve been to out of…five has had a separate venue for the reception. That’s just here though.

    I’m not doing like all my friends, I can tell you that. I plan on starting the ceremony around six, and I hope to be out by midnight; we’ll probably leave before our guests do. So, I guess I’m planning on four hours max for our reception.

    Post # 22
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    38 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Ceremony starts at 4pm, cocktail hour at 5:30, and reception at 6:30/7. We have the venue all night, so I would anticipate that the dancing will go until closing time at 2am. So, all together, that’s 10 hours!

    Post # 23
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    1664 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’m not married yet.. but our ceremony is at 2pm, and we won’t be leaving until the party is over at 1am! That’s the way it normally works in our region.. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a wedding with a send off. It will be one long, but one amazing day…especially since our hair and makeup appointments start at 8.

    Post # 24
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    10285 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Our ceremony started at 5:30 and lasted about 15 minutes. Cocktail hour was from 6-7 and our reception ended at 11. Everything was at the same venue so our actual wedding lasted 5 ½ hours. If you count the after party that we had at a tavern across the street, that went until 1:30 am so technically our wedding lasted 8 hours. 

    Post # 25
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Our timeline has our ceremony at 5, receiving line and cocktail hour around 5:30/6 (depending on how long the ceremony takes), then the reception officially starts around 7 and we are hoping to do a sparkler exit around 10:45… Though I would like to stay longer, we have an early flight for our honeymoon the next morning that is already an hour and a half drive away!  Leaving by 11 gets us plenty of sleep and will keep us from drinking TOO heavily. lol  That said, I have no idea when our guests plan on leaving, quite a few are an older crowd so I don’t see them staying too late, and our friends will probably head to the local bar instead of hanging around the farm…

    Post # 26
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    23592 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We went from 6-11pm, and while we could have basked in the day more, that felt like plenty for  us to see everyone!

    Post # 27
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    5656 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    The party was 8 hours, from 4:00pm to midnight.

    Our ceremony started aat 4:00pm and lasted 40-45 minutes

    Then we had a “cocktail hour” for around an hour and a half

    Dinner started at 6ish and went until 9ish

    Then we partied until midnight!

    I think that was long enough for a great party!

    Everything was at the same venue.

    Post # 28
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    2965 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    We booked an all inclusive venue which helps cover everything (including a DJ) except the cake, flowers, photographer and officiant. We have 4 hrs for the ceremony and the reception so ceremony is going to be 30 mins long and reception will last for 3 hrs. We’re taking some pics 30 mins after the ceremony and during this time, guests will have cocktail hr with just drinks (non-alcoholic). Our ceremony begins at 6P and reception begins at 7P. Okay, here are a couple of things going on that may shock some of you but not my guests cause its just not done around here. We’re not doing a receiving line (because we already have limited time with photographer) though we may go and greet guests from table to table at the reception. NEVER seen neither of these done at a wedding before. At the weddings Ive been to most guests actually make an effort to come and greet the guests and give them their warm wishes. I myself have done this. We are doing a buffet that comes with the venue and everyone, once again, expects that because we have never been to a wedding where that has not been done. Yes I also agree around here that they will charge you extra if you want to stay longer. At my venue, an extra hr is $300 more, so we will use the time we were given. We’re only inviting 75 guests and dont expect everyone to be there so its going to be a fairly small wedding anyway. The longest wedding Ive been to was about 5, no more than 6 hrs. We never really stay for the entire event.

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