(Closed) Is my reception going to be too short?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: is 3.5 hours too short?
    yes it is... youre going to regret it : (6 votes)
    26 %
    nope, you should be fine! : (17 votes)
    74 %
  • Post # 3
    808 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Is it possible to have a lunchon or breakfast with people the next day? Mainly for close people and those who have travelled…It is a little short…but if it’s what you got dealt then you just have to make the most of it 🙂 

    Post # 5
    4676 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    How many people are coming?  Is it a lot of close family, or more extended?  Is there a posibility of holding some ‘after party’ type event for those who want to stick around?  

    Honestly if I was a guest traveling for more than 1.5 hours I might be a little anoyed.  I would at least let your guests know on the invites.  

    Post # 6
    7753 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    My only concern is that you have no toasts at all.I can’t imagine a wedding reception without some sort of speech(es), because they help give it a sense of occasion, as well as thank yous. But perhaps it’s a regional thing (note I’m from Australia). Anyway I think 3.5 hours is plenty, especially if there’s not lots and lots of dancing. I’m pretty sure most weddings finish the formalities (i.e. pretty well everything except more dancing) in that time.

    Post # 8
    822 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    @moose91:  I think it would be ok considering you are not doing speeches, garter and boquet toss etc.

    However I would keep in mind that even the best laid plans can run over time.  Our photos after our ceremony took a little bit longer than we had planned so everyone got to the recepetion a bit later.  It wasn’t a big deal because we had the venue booked for the night and I know you are having photos before hand so hopefully getting to the reception wont be a problem!

    Also our reception which was around 6.5 hours absolutely flew by!  I was a bit disappointed when it was time to leave!

    But I think it could work for you – and the guests have an option to go to the after party if they want to. 



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