(Closed) Late reception times

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I think as long as people know that dinner will be late, they’ll likely have a late lunch so they’re not starving by the time dinner rolls around.  We also had a late ceremony @6:30pm, cocktail hour from 7-8, then dinner served at 8.  The guests were served hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour which helped to tide them over.   Do you plan on serving snacks during your cocktail hour?

Post # 4
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Feed them and ply them with drinks, and everyone should have a grand old time!  Also, consider taking some of your pictures before the ceremony.  At the last wedding I went to, we waited probably close to two hours for the bride and groom to arrive!  We were all pretty hungry before they got there, as the appetizers had run out long before they arrived.

Post # 6
43 posts
  • Wedding: November 2009

If you have the reception start time on your invite, people will see that it starts late. Just make sure you have enough food and drink (quantity and stations!) with chairs for the older folks to sit down during the cocktail hours and you’ll be fine.

Plus, if people know it’s a dual wedding they’ll expect that things will take longer!

Post # 7
813 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I think people expect this when they see a late ceremony time! I’m in the same boat (I can’t start my ceremony until 6:30 pm!)

Post # 8
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

My ceremony is at 6 pm, with reception immediately following (at the same place).  Things we are doing to avoid having dinner too late are 1. photos before the ceremony with as many people as possible 2. no cocktail hour – the station-style reception will begin as soon as people walk in.    This means I’m hoping that dinner will be over by around 8-8:30 and we will still have 4 hours for dessert and dancing!  

If I were you I would do the first dance after dinner and try to do photos before the ceremony. 

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