(Closed) Is 4 hours enough time???

posted 5 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Is 4 hours enough time for all this to happen?
    Yep, youll be fine. : (14 votes)
    56 %
    No, youll feel rushed : (11 votes)
    44 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Can you push back the reception? I doubt your ceremony will be over by 4:30, that would mean you start right at 4 on the dot with no delay. And then for guests to get to the reception by 5 means no dilly dallying for them. If you push back the reception till say 5:30 you give yourself a little buffer AND have more time for pictures AND get more time to stay and party.

    I would persoanlly cut a few things so you have more time to dance and have fun. I would cut out the grandparents dance and the bouqet/garter toss. And, I would maybe even cut the cake right as dinner is finishing up, so that as soon as thats done you can dance for say the next two hours. Also – do you need to change into new outfits for the send off? It doesn’t sound like you are changing into a reception dress. Why not just stay and party a little longer?

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I think the salads should already be on the table when guests enter the reception.  That way they have something to do during the toasts, etc.  Then you can make dinner earlier, as well.   7:40 is late for dinner if you are ending by 10.

    ETA:  I would not have all the dances right at the beginning like that.  Just the first dance, and move the others to later in the night. 

     

     

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Just for comparison, here is our schedule…  Ours starts much later at 6 but ends at the same time as yours.  Our wedding is on a Sunday, so we didn’t want it ending very late (also venue restrictions on time).  Our reception and ceremony are in the same location, so no travel time.  We are also not doing a bouquet or garter toss, opening the floor for toasts, or a send off.  This saves us some time in our short schedule.  I feel the pros to a shorter reception are that it’s less planning I have to do, less music to select, less worry about people leaving early, less contract time with vendors (less expensive).  I’m not sure I could dance for 4 hours actually.  My cousin got married a few years back and they had a 6 hour reception.  We all left after 3 hours because were over dancing and the loud music, almost bored.  Just my thoughts.

    4:00 PM           Venue open to bride, groom, vendors

    5:30 PM           Guests arrive for ceremony

    6:00 PM           Ceremony start time

    6:20 PM           Ceremony end time, cocktail/hors d’oeuvres begin

    6:50 PM           Cocktail/hors d’oeuvres ends, seating of guests for reception

    7:00 PM           Introduction of bride and groom

    7:15 PM           Begin dinner service (salads already set on tables)

    8:00 PM           First dance, followed by father/daughter dance, then mother/son dance

    8:15 PM           Cake cutting, toast

    8:20 PM           Dancing begins

    9:55 PM           Last dance

    10:00 PM         Music ends, bar closes

    10:30 PM         Bride, groom, and guests depart

    We are going straight into dinner from cocktail hour and doing all the dances afterwards.  I think this will help the night feel a little longer and more music/dancing.  I agree that dinner at 7:40 is a bit late; I would suggest shifting earlier if you can. 

    Post # 9
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @jesssamesssa:  I’m sensing a fellow Type A Bee 🙂 I think your timeline is perfect.

    Even though ours is a Destination Beach Wedding on a budget, I still see myself timing things down to the minute:

    8am: wake up

    8-9am: nervous-binge-eat everything in the kitchen

    9am-1pm: apply 14lbs of fake hair and makeup. Cry off my fake eyelashes twice.

    1-1:30pm: get married. get sand in my ass.

    2pm-2am: treat our guests to a bride eating half her wedding cake by herself.

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I think that looks a lot better!

    Post # 11
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    This is going to feel rushed. We had 4 hours start-to-finish with a 15-minute ceremony in the same location as the reception. Guests just had to go downstairs or upstairs for different parts of the event. We also had a 45-minute cocktail hour, did 30 minutes of photos and joined cocktail hour for 15 minutes; passed apps at cocktail hour then 2-course meal (starter and main), plated not buffet…and many of our guests said it went by too fast and they wished we had more time. More importantly, my husband and I felt like it went by waaaay too fast, and we agree that if we had it all to do over again, we’d tack on another hour.  If you add a 20-minute drive into the mix, there’s going to be a major time crunch.

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    i think dinner should be served at 6pm and all the dancing be moved to after dinner. you can still get the sunset pics at 7pm. the sun sets fast so just leave for 10-20 minutes, get your pics and come back to the reception. people probably won’t notice while they’re eating.

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    You forgot your first dance with your groom on your timeline! It seems a little rushed, but my best friend had everything in 4 hours as well. As long as you get all of the traditions like throwing the bouquet, cutting the cake, tossing the garder, etc all done early so that all the guests can see and so that you don’t run out of time, you should be fine!

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    PS i’m really jealous of your timeline! I need to make mine out this weekend since I’m getting married in 3 months and 10 days! AH!

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