(Closed) Is 4 hours enough?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

It seems like it may be a little rushed to me, but if you think you can fit it all into that time frame, then go for it! 

Do you have a time line planned out yet?

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I agree it does seem rushed to me also. Are you keeping things traditional? first dance, father-daughter dance, cake cutting, making rounds through the tables, etc?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think it would be fine!  A lot of people would probably only stay about that long anyway. 

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

it should be! we had 4 hours too but we ended up extending an hour at the end – we were just having too much fun and at the time were willing to fork over the extra cash.

we had open bar the whole time, but for my sisters wedding we actually closed down the bar during dinner so they could have an extra hour at the end for the same cost.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I agree it does seem rushed to me also. Are you keeping things traditional? first dance, father-daughter dance, cake cutting, making rounds through the tables, etc?

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Maybe have a shorter cocktail hour to fit more dance time in (40 mins instead of 1 hour, for example). You could also do speeches either during cocktail hour or during dinner to speed things up. Make sure all your pictures are done before this all starts or you may miss half your reception!

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Maybe have a shorter cocktail hour to fit more dance time in (40 mins instead of 1 hour, for example). You could also do speeches either during cocktail hour or during dinner to speed things up. Make sure all your pictures are done before this all starts or you may miss half your reception!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I agree it does seem rushed to me also. Are you keeping things traditional? first dance, father-daughter dance, cake cutting, making rounds through the tables, etc?

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Its doable, but you may have to eliminate some of the traditional things…like skip the cake cutting ceremony or garter/bouquet toss.  Also, if people are eating during cocktail hour and then dinner and cake in a 4 hour then there could be a lot of wasted food.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Ours will only be about 4 hours also.  We’re having our ceremony at 11, a cocktail hour from 11:30 to 12:30, speeches at 12:30 and then eating and drinking until 5.  We’re not having a first dance, bouquet toss, etc. so I figured this would be plenty of time.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

It seems short to me: 9pm is when the party starte to get going! I feel that the dancing part might be what suffers. But you could relocate to a nightclub or other hall for dancing the night away (if that’s your scene!).

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

ask them if you could extend it until 10?  4 hours seems very rushed for the cocktail hour and reception

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