(Closed) Is 6pm too late?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Is 6pm too late?
    Totally - make it earlier! : (3 votes)
    9 %
    I think it's fine. : (30 votes)
    91 %
    Other - see below. : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    558 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I think this is a perfectly well-planned timeline. Midnight is a pretty standard end time for receptions, I think. If people want to leave early, they will.

    Post # 4
    1514 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I think if you’re serving appetizers during your cocktail hour that’s fine.  I really don’t think it’s toolate to have your reception end at midnight, a lot of people end then.  If anything, they’ll probably stay until 10 pm or so and your party can kind of change into something for the younger crowd.

    Post # 5
    3332 posts
    Sugar bee

    I tihnk that’s totally fine. Our ceremony began at 6:00 and the reception ended at midnight.  We did have some older folks who didn’t stay for the end of the reception, but that wasn’t a big deal for most people. 

    Post # 6
    440 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    End time isn’t usually a concern, people will leave when they’re ready to (once dinner & sdpeeches are over with of course!). I’d be more concerned with not feeding your guests until 7/8… if you’re having nibblies during cocktail hour maybe consider serving them pre-ceremony instead – just to ward off any hypoglycemic/grumpy tendancies!

    Post # 7
    2641 posts
    Sugar bee

    It is normal for receptions to end at midnight. And if it’s too late for the older folks, they can leave early. I wonder if your mom’s problem is more with dinner being served at 8pm. Serving appetizers during the cocktail hour is a good idea. Could you also have some appetizers from 6-6:30pm?

    Post # 8
    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Mine only starts half hour before yours. Ceremony at 6, reception ends at 11. No big deal!

    I think earlier snacks are a good idea. We’re doing apps and punch at 630 while we take pics since dinner’s at 730

    Post # 9
    699 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I think your timeline is fine.

    Just a question… are you doing all/most of your pictures before?

    Post # 11
    699 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Good! I was hoping so! I don’t want to miss my cocktail hour either!

    Post # 12
    2476 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I think it’s totally fine… my timeline is really similar, but our ceremony will begin at 6 and last about 25-30 minutes.  We’re also having a cocktail hour with passed hor d’oeuvres, then plan to serve dinner around 7:30.   We have our reception hall until midnight as well, and I hope most people stick around and party with us till the end… but I can understand if some of the *older* guests wish to leave earlier.  🙂

    We’re also having a "first-look" photo session prior to the ceremony (to catch the daylight and in order to mingle with our guests during cocktail hour).  

    Post # 13
    2365 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    Our wedding timeline is as follows

    6 pm Ceremony 

    • Refreshments such as iced tea, water, etc. will be served as guests arrive if they wish … just my idea but haven’t actually included that or told my wedding planner yet!
    • Ceremony will be 35 minutes long because there is no mass
    • No receiving line or formal pictures 

    Reception will follow immediately

    • As of now we’re predicting it will begin at 7 pm

    Our guests will mingle, enjoy hor d oeuvres and cocktails in a seperate area and than move into another space for the rest of the night.

    Haven’t figured out when dinner or anything else will happen … but we will party until well past midnight!



    Post # 14
    2249 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2018

    that sounds good to me! I was Maid/Matron of Honor in a wedding that started at 6.. it ended at 11 though and it felt just a tad short. I would say yours sounds great!

    Post # 15
    81 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Mine is almost exactly the same!


    6-6:30 cocktails

    6:45-7:15 ceremony

    by 7:30 people are ushered into dinner

    8 pm band starts

    8:30 dinner closes (we’re serving family style, so they’ll just stop bringing food out)

    11:30 last dance, we leave

    12 pm everyone’s gone

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