Is 4 hours for the ceremony & reception enough time?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

Having just done a brunch wedding with a similar timeline, yes, I think that’s enough time. Our ceremony was at 10:30 (please don’t have an “intive time” and a “ceremony time”…start the wedding when you say you will!) and had concluded by 10:25. We had an impromptu, informal receiving line and went straight into cocktail hour. Brunch opened at 11:30. We ate first at our sweetheart table and then went to do table visits after everyone had been served. We didn’t do a first dance or anything. After they finished eating, some people sat at their tables and chatted; others mingled by the bar; others went and hung out on the front porch of the restaurant. Everything wrapped up by 3:00, so a half an hour longer than you’re proposing. It would have been fine to end at 2:30, though. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

This is superfast. A few suggestions:

If you can, do a full hour for cocktail hour (11-12)

Then I’d START with first dance at 12 and do some dancing (see comment below).

Serve brunch 12:30-1:30. Cut the cake after brunch ~1:45.

Speeches 1:30-1:45. You can visit tables after that (not during speeches as proposed).

Then 1:45 – 3 pm serve dessert and incorporate time for dancing if you’re having dancing. (You say you are doing a first dance but I am unclear if there is any sort of music.)

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

This seems very tight, especially if your ceremony is 45 min long. We had a night reception and it was 6 hours, so 5 hours for brunch seems more reasonable unless there’s no dancing. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I think wedding days go by way too quickly as it is. I had a 5 hour reception (not including our 1 hour service) and it flew by. Having a full cocktail hour allowed me and my husband to walk around and see at least half of our guests before the reception, which saved us time going from table to table during the reception. 

My best friend had a brunch wedding with an ipod for dancing and people had SO much fun with it! I just look back to those moments and think that it could be really fun for you and your guests to really let loose on the dance floor. With top hit songs, it won’t matter that it’s not a DJ. People will have fun with it. 

Just a few ideas! Good luck sorting it out. You’ll have a great day 🙂

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Mine was big! 40 guests will be easier! With some cocktails in them, they’ll let loose and dance. It’ll be fun no matter what. Just take time to take it all in and steal some moments with your partner. It makes a big difference to know it’ll go by fast because you can try to slow it down by taking it all in. I still vote to increase the wedding time by an hour at least though!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

xo_futuremrsbear :  I’m told guests started arriving at 9:45. The last guests showed up around 10:20. My processional music began exactly at 10:30. 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Our weddings are basically the same!! under 50 people. (In 2 weeks!!) brunch. Invites said 10am… i plan on showing up 10:10 to allow late people to sit. the ceremony will be 15 mins maybe, no cocktail hour… just 10:30 buffet will be open and waffle bar, egg station, sausage gravy, homestyle potatoes, glazed spiral ham… mimosa bar and so much more like amazing fresh southern biscuits ♡♡♡ and a donut cake!! so mini simple run down is…

7am hair

8am make up

9am pictures of bride

10am ceremony 

10:30 food

Then its free for all till 1/2. 

To fill in that space of time I have hired a caricature artist for people to take their drawing as favors and sign our guest frame, music on our sound system (burned cds from fye play anywhere) Its just gonna be very laid back and casual since its only immediate friends & family 🙂  

Good luck to you!!!! xo

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

Our wedding was about 4 hours! We did:

6pm ceremony and pictures with guests

7:30pm dinner and dances

8:30 dancing starts, cake cutting at 9:30 and then continued dancing

10:30pm finished!

 

We loved it. We spent time with everyone but still had time before and after to be together. It was great and I wouldn’t have changed it for anything!

 

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