Post # 16
Mine was similar, but shift it an hour later….
5:30-6:30 Cocktail Hour
It is important to note that we got married on an island and events don’t typically go super late. We could have gone an hour later, but I knew everyone would be ready to go around 10.
Post # 17
Our venue only does 5hr blocks as well. We have it 5:30 – 10:30. They said we can set up the morning of and though they won’t kick is out they will start cleaning at 10:30.
Post # 18
- Wedding: August 2020 - Hampton, VA
weddingmaven : Thank you for your reassurance. I don’t know what a typical wedding reception timeline is around here. I’ve only gone to one formal wedding for friends as an adult. Most friends are either older and married before we met or had a civil cermony and no traditional wedding.
I personally don’t go out on weekends and don’t stay up past 10 usually. haha So for me, a party to go past 10 is too late. I’m only 26 but I have a 4yo daughter, so my nights of going out to party ended a while ago..
Anyway, I’m thinking if we go until 10, that’s plenty late, and due to noise ordinances we couldn’t go past then anyway. If we start the ceremony at 3 that’s a long time to me.. 4pm seems late in the day for a ceremony but then again, we could start photos at 3 and then it would feel like my wedding day is starting by 3pm. Any later than that and I would just get too anxious to get it going already.
Post # 19
Mine total was 5 hours. It was 11-4. My brother’s was 6 hours, but the reception was at a different venue than the ceremony. I think 5-6 hours is pretty standard in Northeast US.
Post # 20
I don’t think a 4 pm ceremony is too late at all. In fact it makes more sense to me in terms of when people will be eating dinner.
Post # 21
My wedding was 12 hours (1pm – 1am), but I’m UK based so we tend to do whole days – and feed people twice!
Post # 22
Ours will be 5 hours total. The ceremony starts at 5pm and reception ends at 11pm. Our venue requires us to be out by 11 and I’m totally fine with that because I’m sure I will be exhausted! Fiance is wanting an after party so we may have to add that in at another location.
Post # 23
I’ve been to weddings that ended at 8 pm or 9 pm, and people definitely still danced. If there’s a band or DJ, people will dance, at least in my experience, no matter the hour. I’m in the planning stages right now and prefer a reception to end earlier, because I think I’d be too tired if it ended at 11! Plus I’d like to have drinks with people afterwards if possible.
Post # 24
Our event was 5 hours (6 – 11). Which was the perfect length for us. I loved our wedding day but was 100% ready to just be alone with my husband by the time the end of the reception rolled around.
We did all our photos before the ceremony though we actually had the venue for 6 hours, we showed up an hour before the ceremony to do the first look and all the formal pictures.
Post # 25
- Wedding: February 2019 - City, State
The entire event was approx. 6 hours. Ceremony started at 4:30-5. Cocktail hour from 5-6. Dinner at 6:30ish. Then dancing and dessert and a tater tot bar for late night snacks. The event ended at 10:30, but people started leaving earlier due to an impending snow storm. We probably could have ended it earlier.
My husband and I got to the venue at approximately 11:00am, got ready, and did photos together before the wedding ceremony, so that saved time on having to do photos during the cocktail hour.
Post # 26
- Wedding: August 2020 - Hampton, VA
I’m thinking I’ll just do the first look photos at 3 and then have the ceremony at 4. That way we can go til 10 and only pay for one extra hour.
Thanks for the insight everyone.
Post # 27
I’m going to say 12 hours. UK wedding.
Ceremony was at 11am. Wedding breakfast at 2pm (different venue). Garden games, dancing and more food. We left at around 1030pm. My dad went to bed at 2 or 3am with the rest of the stragglers.
Post # 28
People wouldn’t typically stay for a 10 hour wedding in the U.S. Our ceremony was at 6 PM (guests were invited to come beginning at 5:30 for pre-ceremony champagne) and the reception ended around midnight, so about an hour more than your plan. My bridesmaids and I arrived at the venue around noon to get ready and our photographer got there at about 2 PM and stayed until the cake cutting, which was around 9 PM. We did a first look and then a quick rehearsal before the ceremony and did all the family photos during cocktail hour and then joined everyone for dinner. It turned out great and everyone was on the dance floor.
Post # 29
Ours was kind of long for the US, but it was a South Asian Hindu wedding so it’s more common in those to have longer ceremonies and longer gap times. People come and go to parts they want to, generally.
Baraat: 1:30 pm
Ceremony: 2:30 pm
Photos: 4-5 pm
Cocktail Hour: 5:30-7 pm
Reception: 7-11 pm
Bidai Ceremony and Cleanup: 11 pm – 12 am
Post # 30
- Wedding: May 2020 - Clarksville, VA
Mine will be 4 hours 5-9 pm. Like you I can add more hours on, but it’s going to be a super small wedding and I’m happy with the time/price.