(Closed) How many hours is your reception?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How many hours is your wedding reception (from cocktails to last dance)?

    4 hours

    5 hours

    6 hours


  • Post # 3
    2674 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @Macchiato:  Our reception venue does a 5 hour reception, including the cocktail hour. It starts at 7 though, which is pretty late. We haven’t figured out many of the timing details yet because our wedding is still pretty far away. You might get more responses with a poll.

    Post # 4
    78 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Our ceremony is at 3, the cocktail hour starts at 6, with dinner beind served between 7:30-8. After dinner ends, dancing will start and the bar will stay open until midnight. The reception will officially end at 1, but the music will probably stop 30-45 minutes before that. So I guess 6-7 hours? Wow, that seems like a long time, but I guess its pretty standard around here. 

    Post # 5
    1691 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    My reception is 4 hours long. We’re not doing a traditional cocktail hour, just some light appetizers and drinks for about 30 minutes. Dinner will probably be about 45 minutes to an hour max. The rest of the time is for toasts and dancing. 

    Post # 6
    326 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    our reception starts at 5, although I am going to see if we can let people into the venue at 4, to start with cocktails and stuff while bridal party leaves to do pics! oh and its ending at 10

    Post # 7
    976 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    We are having our cocktail hour start right after the ceremony and it will last an hour maybe an extra 15 minutes if needed. I think it all depends on how much dancing you want to be part of the wedding and how many courses your serving.

    Post # 8
    1417 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We will have our ceremony 5:30pm-6:00pm, which will be followed by a cocktail hour from 6-7pm and then our reception from 7p-11pm. All events will be at the same venue. I am going to try to keep introductions and dinner over a short period of time, and don’t mind if we do our father/daughter and mother/son dances while people are being served salad, and speeches during dinner. I’d prefer to speed that up and maximize our time to drink and dance!

    Post # 9
    57 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Mine is 6 hours. Catholic ceremony at 2:00pm and cocktail hour starts at 5:30 pm. Reception goes to 11:30 pm.

    Post # 10
    6377 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    5 hours. Our cocktail hour was from 6-7 and our reception went until 11.

    Post # 11
    1237 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    5 hours.  It’ll go from 7pm-12am.

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