Post # 1
Every venue website I’ve been on, pricing for packages has said “5 hours INCLUDING ceremony” which seems incredibly short to me!
I went to a wedding in the UK where ceremony started at 3 and the reception didn’t end until gone 1 am. It was fantastic! Do most venues in the US only do 5 hours, and does that always include the ceremony? I always imagined my reception ending around midnight or 1 am.
Post # 3
This is how most venues that I’ve been to in the states do it:
Ceremony is usually either separate – in a church or at the venue, but held prior to cocktail hour. Then, cocktail hour for 1 hour followed by a 4 hour reception. Some people add venetian hour, which is 1 hour for desserts, but usually the dessert just comes at the end of the 4-hour reception (only 2 weddings I’ve been to have added an extra hour). Most of the time, cocktail hour starts at 6pm and the wedding is done by 11pm.
Post # 4
My ceremony and reception are being held at the same venue. My ceremony is from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. but the ceremony should only be about 20 minutes. My cocktail hour and reception are from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., so if your ceremony isn’t being held at the same location I would say yes, 5 hours is standard in the US. I looked at 7 different venues and all were the same time frame of 5 hours.
Post # 5
@MrsCreeToBe: As a British bee I have always wondered about this when it’s been mentioned on the boards. That said a lot of weddings I’ve been at the bride and groom “go away” at 9 or 10 ish and then the party sizzles out. One wedding I went to were the couple stayed went on late though.
Post # 6
Yes it is. Most venues will have a price, usually per hour, to add onto the venue time.
Post # 7
I know our venue gives you 5 1/2 hours for ceremony and reception. If you’re not having your ceremony there you get your choice of a 4 or 5 hour reception. Extra hours = extra cost. 5-6 hours seemed pretty standard for most of the venues I looked at.
Post # 8
@ChefDori: yes, but usually the other vendors will give a price based on the 5-hour standard (like your DJs and photographer).. so OP would have to pay extra for that, as well…
Post # 9
Weddings in Canada are definitely longer (maybe a hang-over from the UK relatives / customs ?)
My first Wedding (circa 1980) we were married at the Church at 4 PM. Done by 4:30 PM. Pics outside with family etc until aprox 5 PM or so.
Guests meanwhile headed off to the Reception Hall… for Cocktails 5 to 6 PM. Dinner at 6. Then Speaches, Cake Cutting, and First Dances. Full blown party by 8 PM. Bride & Groom Escape to change into “Going Away Clothes” about 11:15 PM (which was proceeded by the Bouquet & Garter Tosses). We returned to the Reception before Midnight in time for the Midnight Buffet. More partying & dancing. And then the Bride & Groom Exit / Bonvoyage about 12:45 AM. I believe things began to wind down after that at the Hall… and my Parents were gone by 2 AM (they came back to clean up the next day)
Total time at the Reception Venue for most Guests… 5 to Midnight or 1 AM (so 7 to 8 Hours)
Hope this helps,
Post # 10
I’ve never been to a wedding that short. Our ceremony was at 3pm, cocktail hour started at 530 and reception went till midnight (Cleanup till 1am, but lots of people stayed and helped and then we “tailgated” in the parking lot).
I don’t think I’ve ever left a wedding until at least 11.
Post # 11
@This Time Round: haha. I think we learned to party from our British ancestors 🙂