(Closed) Ideal amount of dance time?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How much time for dancing?
    2 Hours : (9 votes)
    23 %
    3 Hours : (18 votes)
    46 %
    4 Hours : (12 votes)
    31 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Four hours is a lot of dancing. I think three is ideal but we’ll probably have closer to two.

    Post # 4
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    1036 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We have contracted our band for four hours, but they will take 2-20 minute breaks, so it will be more like 3.5 hours of dance time.  I love dancing at weddings, so I am all for as much music as possible.

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’ve been a wedding coordinator for years…  my suggestion is to have a dinner reception of 4 hours (meaning everything after cocktail hour).  It will take generally 90 minutes to 2 hours for dinner service and toasts/special dances. 

    If your list is filled with people you go out with all the time and dance the night away, then add an hour to 5 hours. 

    You’ll likely have a few guests bow out early, but everyone will still have a great time.  Anything after that is really just a very long day for your guests. 

    Think of it as ending it on an up note with everyone there enjoying themselves, not just a handful of people later on getting tired 🙂

    Good luck!

    Post # 7
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    3049 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    Yea, three hours of dancing is good for me! We have our DJ for 4 hours. Typically the DJ is there for the entire reception, so he will be there when y’all are eating and will help announce cutting the cake, toasts, etc. He won’t play dance music for a full 4 hours. I say 3 at the most if people are getting on the dance floor 🙂

    Post # 8
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    187 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    If you know your guests will want to be on the dance floor, I say go as long as you can. We had about 3 hours of dance time once all of the “events” were done and nobody wanted to stop when it was over. I wished we could have kept going!!

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