(Closed) How long was/will your reception be?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How long was/will your reception be?
    0-2 : (3 votes)
    5 %
    3 : (6 votes)
    9 %
    4 : (23 votes)
    36 %
    5 : (21 votes)
    33 %
    5+ : (11 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
    778 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2009

    I’m having one of those all inclusive packages.  1 hour cocktail followed by 4 hour reception (dinner and dancing).

    Post # 4
    1423 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Ooops.  I included cocktail hour!  Our reception (with cocktail hour) is from 5-11.  If I’m putting this much work into a party, it better last a while!  Plus, all of the guests are staying at the inn we’re having it at, and the inn is on the top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere.  I figure it’s best to keep people entertained a while. 

    Post # 6
    699 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I too am doing a cocktail hour at 6:00 and dinner and dancing from 7:00-11:00. We are also having an after party on the beach at the hotel where everyone is staying. Me and the hubby-to-be will be fashionably late to that!

    Post # 7
    332 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    We have the place for 5 hours. We’re having a 1/2 hour ceremony and approximately 30-45 minute cocktail hour for picture time, so that leaves about 4 hours for reception time. Hope this helps!

    Post # 8
    85 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2008

    one hour for cocktail hour and 4 hours for the reception!

    Post # 10
    1423 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    That looks pretty good.  You may want to keep in mind that there’s a good chance that your ceremony will start a little late, that it always takes guests forever to find/take their seats when they go in for dinner.  (I’ve never actually read to think about this, but it occured to me when I was plotting out a timeline; maybe I’m nuts!!). So if you’re waffling between 4 and 5 you may want to go long to account for this.  That’s why I ended up putting a 4:30 ceremony on the invites instead of 5:00.  If it helps, our timeline is:

    4:30 – 5:00 Ceremony

    5:00-6:15ish Cocktail hour

    6:30-8:00 Dinner

    8:00-11:00 Dancing

    Post # 12
    174 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    Our ceremony will be at 6:00ish, followed by dinner at 7:00 and festivities to follow. We’re hoping for a pizza & s’mores afterparty, so it may even go longer than that.

    Post # 13
    271 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I’m pretty lame and am only doing a dinner reception. This is mainly because my wedding is so small, the reception is at a resturant, and half of the people in attendance are old- like parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents. I rather not offend them with the type of music I like, and I rather not be miserable with dancing to crap all night.

    We are doing a cocktail hour pre-wedding also.

    So just dinner it is. 2 hours max.

    Post # 14
    1813 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Ooops, I voted first…I put 4 hours, but it is actually 1 hr cocktail 3 hr reception

    Post # 16
    813 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    Mine is four hours. I have the options with all of my vendors to extend an extra hour if we would like!

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