(Closed) Length of reception…I’m thinking this is not enough time

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Our reception ran from 6-10 and my husband and I were ready to leave around 9:30.  I loved spending time with everyone, but it was exhausting.  We actually had the reception hall decrease the number of hours the reception was (it was originally 5 hours and we didn’t want it to be that long).  However, we had the ceremony on the site (5:30-6) and decided to skip cocktail hour and just go straight to dinner.  We took our pictures ahead of time.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think 5 hours is a pretty standard reception. My reception package is 5 hours including the cocktail hour from 6-7 and reception from 7-11.

We also had to pay a chapel rental fee since we are getting married at the venue but that included a 30 min hospitality (for guests arrival starting at 5 with champagne and strawberries) and a 30 min ceremony begining at 5:30

I am praying that we stay on schedule since the event coordinator told us that they will give us a 15 min grace period during the change of events… meaning if the ceremony cocktail hour or reception run 15 mins behind we wont be charged but anything over that we would have to pay a 30 min pro rated fee which I guess makes sense.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@GreenGables: My venue has the same package that you just mentioned.  We have the place booked from 6-11pm, with our ceremony starting at 6pm.  My fiance and I have plans to dodge out of there ASAP, so probably like 10:30.  I’ve been a little worried about time for the same reason you are, that if the schedule gets thrown off by photos or whatnot, that we’ll run out of time.  We also have the crazy extra fee for the additional hour, but I hoenstly don’t think we’ll need it.  My rule for my wedding has been KISS (Keep it Simple, Stupid) throughout this whole process, and I don’t think I’ll do it any differently here – Simple and sweet, get my guests in and out of there to celebrate with us, quick and painless. 🙂

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Ours is 5-10 including all of that stuff, I think you should be fine! 🙂

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think 5 hours is more than enough. People start to get restless after a few hours.

Ours is from 7-12. Our ceremony at the church is at 5:30.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@GreenGables: That’s not why they take “so many” and these day’s just about all photographers don’t rely on their clients purchasing on the back end (save for potentially an album and MAYBE a canvas of one image). That’s why it’s more expensive today because they DONT make anything after the wedding.

They should be able to work with anything you give them. If you do some before hand it will save some time too. Figure about 3-5 min. for each FAMILY combo. i.e. B&G with Brides parents (2-3 min to set up and do), B with parents alone, (2-3 min.) All of brides family (5 min.) etc… The less you do of that the more time you’ll save. You’ll want at least 30 though for wedding party and you and hubby alone. But again, I’ve done EVERYTHING including family in 30 before…. just means everyone has to pat attn and not goof around.

That being said, 4 hrs is THE standard for reception length. 5 if you include a cocktail hour and almost always the couple and wedding party does NOT attend cocktail hour. So you should be fine. If anything, see if you can add 30 min… but you’re golden where you are now.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@KLP2010: Oh, that’s good info re: how long the pictures actually take. Thanks for that.

@OP: I think you’re fine with 5 hours.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think 4 1/2 hours is more than enough time. Granted ours is very slimmed down but we’re only doing 2 1/2 hours.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

That’s the exact amount of time we had, and it was perfect. We did group photos beforehand, and mingles with the guests during cocktail hour. It was perfect!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

WOW, makes me glad that we have our venue from 10am – midnight. Our ceremony will be at 3:25pm and the reception will start shortly after the ceremony, both are in the same place just Ceremony outside and reception inside. Plenty of time to set the inside up, and not much to do outside. Great thing is my cousin offered yesterday to assist with the set up, as well as cooking. Even suggested making the reception a pot luck, which I LOVE the idea of. Certainly makes the budget a little easier.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@GreenGables: I dont know how traditional you are but depending on the amount of pictures you need to take that hour in between cocktail hour may not be enough… Think of your family size, bridal party size and different combo pictures needed. Fiance and I decided that we will be taking ours before the ceremony… our photographer was very pleased when we told him before he had to suggest it. We have the photographer for 9 hours so we are starting our pictures at 2:30 and should be done by 5

 

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

4-5 hours is normal!  There will be a lot of people who won’t stay the whole time anyway.

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