(Closed) length of reception

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
23609 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

In terms of your open bar, my instinct is that you shouldn’t have it be open bar for the full 5 hours – I would close the bar at the 4 or 4 1/2 hour mark, so people have a chance to sober up before the evening wraps up.  But I do think it would be a nice gesture to have an open bar for most of the length of your reception.

In regards to the length of your reception, it sounds like a fine amount of time.  Our wedding was 5 hours from start of ceremony to end of reception, and we were already exhausted when it was over!

Happy planning!

Post # 4
389 posts
Helper bee

Five hours is standard, so you’re okay.  And, depending on how late your reception is, longer than that would be too exhausting to take a drive.

You may, at the last hour is have the venue whip up a wine punch so that people could wind down.  Get some fun props for it and serve in martini glasses.



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