How long was your wedding? Including: Ceremony, Cocktail Hour, & Reception

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 31
1194 posts
Bumble bee

Our planned timeline is ceremony at 3:30, say half an hour, go out and take some photos with family. Then we go off to take photos while guests head to the reception venue (approx 5-10 min drive / Uber). The reception venue is normally a bar so not very strict at all on hours. Drinks will be available upon arrival (whenever guests arrive).

Cocktail reception starts at 5:30, so people can start snacking if hungry, we might not arrive till closer to 6. Speeches planned for 8 (when food is estimated to finish being served). I’m expecting dancing will probably start around 8:30-9, no planned end time, I’m estimating around 11-midnight based on past wedding I’ve been to (esp fiancés sister’s wedding since many of the same people will be there again and it’s also a cocktail reception). 

So in total I’m estimating 8-9 hours from start to finish. 

Post # 32
1893 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

Our wedding timeline went like this

1:00 ceremony 

3:00 cocktail hour

4:30 speeches

5:00 dinner 

8:00-11:30 dancing

12:00 midnight buffet

2:00am over

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