(Closed) How many of you left or are leaving the reception early?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Did you leave your reception early? Why or why not?
    Yes. We wanted to get back to the hotel and have "our time" : (2 votes)
    3 %
    Yes. We wanted to do the cool exit photo, leave in a car thing : (5 votes)
    6 %
    Yes. Other-Please comment! : (4 votes)
    5 %
    No. We wanted to enjoy the entire party! : (68 votes)
    85 %
    No. Other-Please comment! : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
    2440 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    We stayed the whole time because we wanted to be with our families and enjoy every minute of the day dancing and drinking, it was great.  We also went to a piano bar afterwards and were probably the last to actually go back to our room.

    Post # 5
    2481 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We were the last to leave although we were also staying where we hosted the reception. I’d have hated to go early though. We wanted to enjoy every moment of the day. We also had flares and fireworks and didn’t need to do a formal exit to get some great pictures! 

    Post # 6
    9954 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    My First Wedding (circa 1980) was when “staying on til the end” was just becoming a trend (as more and more couples were taking up residence together prior to marriage) … vs a Bride & Groom going to get changed into their Going-Away Clothes coming back for the Midnight Buffet, and then making their exit… altho there were certainly some who just left in their Bridal Attire.

    This time round…

    We had a Back Home Reception after our Elopement / Honeymoon… and stayed to the very end (and we were also the Clean Up Team)

    I don’t think there is a RIGHT or a WRONG way to take one’s leave.

    The choice is yours.

    Reviving the custom of leaving to dress into your Going-Away Clothes means you could have the best of BOTH worlds… pretty pictured exit in your Wedding Attire… and then come back to finish out the festivities.  (PLUS it means you don’t have to worry about how to get your Dress & his Tux to someone before you head out onto your Honeymoon)

    Hope this helps,


    Post # 7
    10588 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    We didn’t wait until the very end, but I don’t think we left early.  I don’t see many brides and grooms stay right to the end, and I haven’t seen many send offs.

    We left when I was exhausted.  I also hadn’t used the bathroom once my dress was on, so that was a small factor too.

    Post # 8
    477 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I’m thinking way ahead on this one (and I’ve already talked to SO a little bit about this exact topic), but I’ll definitely want to time it so we can have “our time” after the reception. I just attended his sister’s wedding where the party kept going until midnight, but big crowds eventually drain me after too long. We don’t live together and are waiting til marriage, so we’re going to want our alone time! I want to time it so we get back from the reception to a hotel where we can relax and enjoy the wedding night, hopefully without being too terribly exhausted 😉

    Post # 9
    199 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Don’t ever make a decision solely for the photo op.  You have no idea if it’s going to turn out… and even if it’s the best photo ever, you’ll look at it a few times and then move on. 

    Do what lets you enjoy the experience the most!!!

    Post # 10
    10453 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Definitely staying until the end! This is a one time thing so I’m not going to bow out early. 

    Post # 11
    2440 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    @imagine8204:  It was fun, a huge party with all our closest friends and family.  It was exactly what I wanted and I wouldn’t have left early for anything, we had been together for 10 years so this was a huge thing for us so we wanted to soak up every minute.

    Post # 12
    2554 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I had planned to stay right till the end, but I had to leave or I’d fall over, I was so tired! I maybe had two glasses of champagne for the whole day, which includes on the way to the ceremony and and the reception. Any more and I’d have face-planted at the table I’m sure!

    Post # 13
    510 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We left just before the end, the venue had a strict cut off time so we decided to leave to encourage others to leave too! The band played two more songs after we left.  So we didn’t really leave early, but on time.  If we’d got married in a hotel or something I’d have stayed later i think.

    Post # 14
    74 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We are leaving so that we don’t feel compelled to clean up.  Leave 10 minutes early. You get the exit and the party.

    Post # 15
    1143 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We stayed until the end. I was having fun hanging out with family who I only see about once every ten years, as well as friends. I didn’t want the fun day to end.

    Post # 16
    1578 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club

    We stayed the whole time, and did our bubble exit at 10 pm. Our DJ was leaving when we did our exit, and then the guests left immediately following us.

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