Is 8 hours too long for a wedding???

posted 2 months ago in Reception
  • poll: Is 8 hours too long for the ceremony and reception combined?
    Yes, make it shorter : (34 votes)
    32 %
    Yes, but it's fine because people can leave when they want : (35 votes)
    33 %
    No, keep the party going : (38 votes)
    36 %
  • Post # 31
    930 posts
    Busy bee

    littlebeans :  I’ll just say, personally, I LOVE dancing. And the family weddings ive been to, we stay til at least midnight, if not later (if possible). Once ppl are dancing and drinking, it’s like a night out, you dont want it to end. BUT just make sure either the drinks are strong enough, or the music is on its game. 😀

    Post # 32
    2855 posts
    Sugar bee

    Our ceremony was at 4PM and most people were up dancing until at least 2AM. The last of the group actually left at 5AM. 

    You can always just have the DJ until 10-11pm and then switch to your own music for later in the night if people want to keep dancing. 

    Post # 34
    426 posts
    Helper bee

    This wildly depends on your crowd. I’ve been to Spanish and French weddings that start at 4 pm and go until 7 am. My wedding started at 11am (we served a lunch and hung out in a garden) until 11pm (ceremony at 330, cocktails, dinner, speeches in between bouts of dancing). Most people stuck around, but we were also in the middle of nowhere where going was a pain. 

    Ive also been at weddings that starred at 6 and Peters our st 10. 

    It depends on your friends and family!

    Post # 35
    229 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    littlebeans :  Our reception ended at 11 and I wish it had been later (couldn’t due to restrictions)

    Plenty of our crowd continued the party with each other.  Unfortunately we were in a rural location and everyone went back to their own accomodation so we couldn’t really have a single after-party spot.  

    I would stay until midnight at any wedding I went to.

    Post # 36
    544 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2018

    You know your people. I had a 4pm ceremony, cocktails and dinner followed immediately. We had our venue booked until 11pm and everyone was still well and truly on the dance floor. Luckily we had an afterparty planned that nearly everyone went to. Darling Husband and I ducked out around 12:30 because we were exhausted, but the party was still going strong then!

    Post # 37
    57 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2019

    Our wedding began at 4 and was scheduled to end at 11. Dancing was from 7:30-11.

    What I didn’t know is our caterer messed up and instead of giving us just wine and beer package, we were given the premium liquor package by mistake. Everyone was blasted drunk stumbling around by 10. Lot of people left around then. I cut it short and ended the wedding at 10:30 because I was worried my husband and I wouldn’t make it back to the honeymoon suite lol. No one noticed I cut it short and people thought it was the best time. 

    I would be shocked if people were still partying by midnight. I would say 11 would be a good time to end the party. If you’re worried maybe you can have an after party? 

    Post # 38
    57 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2019

    After reading the above comments though I do agree it is highly dependent on your group!

    Post # 39
    7891 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2019

    cuppercake :  Weddings in the UK start at approx 1-2pm and I’ve never been to a wedding where the dance floor wasn’t still packed at midnight. 

    Post # 40
    130 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    Ours went from 5pm to 11pm. That was the perfect amount of time for guests, some even left earlier because they are not big drinkers. Some guests came to the bar with us after to continue the party. 8 hours sounds kind of long and dragged out unless guests can come or go as they please. littlebeans :  

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