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

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 17
10285 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

That seems pretty standard. Ours is slightly longer, but not by much. Our ceremony starts at 5:30, cocktail hour from 6-7 then the reception from 7-11.

Not sure if it’s been mentioned (haven’t read all the PP’s) but have you considered an after party? We’re having one at a small brewery that’s right across from our venue. That way the party doesn’t have to end if we don’t want it to. 

Post # 19
74 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

4.5 hours seems fine.  I mean it is a half our less than most reception but I don’t think anyone is going to notice or care.  I know I wouldn’t.  I would kick out the extra money just for that either.  Think of it this way, would if you kick out money for the extra hour but notice that at about 4.5 hours in most people start leaving.  Now you paid all this money for an extra hour and half your guest is gone.  I think most people will be ready to go by then anyway.  Good luck.

Post # 20
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We’re having a 4 hour reception (1:00 to 5:00), but that doesn’t count the 2 hours for ceremony, pictures and cocktails. Plus, ours is in the afternoon, not the evening.

I think you’ll have enough time if you budget it and stay on track.

Post # 21
3182 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We have the same package, 5 hours for ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception.  For me I didn’t think that was quite long enough. I figured by the time we actually finished dinner it would be a little after 8 (ceremony starting at 5:30) and I wanted more than 2 and a half hours of dancing. So I added an additional hour, but it was only $150 for the venue (obviously going to up our bar price though). 

Post # 22
2 posts

GreenGables:  i totally agree with you…i don’t want to rush everything and everyone at the party. Specially if it’s a destination wedding..this is once in a life time event if ever..and if you spend so much money and put all your energy on this particular day, the last thing you don’t want to hear from guest is “i wish it was longer”..if you have 50people, 5hours is just enough time for everything and everybody will enjoy it. But 100+ people i think you need more than 5hours. And also it all depends how you coordinates all the stuff that you wanna add to the party, like first dance, groom and mother dance, bride and father dance, a little surprise show, slide shows, the little toast from maid of honor and best men, the cutting cake, the toss for the bouquet, the toss for the garter, walking table to table to take pictures with your guests. If you, let say 5 hours, 

Ceremony 3pm

Picture/cocktail  330-430

Introduction 445 ( it take 15minutes to get everyone in the reception area)

First dance ( followed by mother and groom and bride and father dance and everyone else)  5-530

Line up for dinner (buffet style) 530-600

Dinner will actually starts 6pm

While dinner is on ( slide show/ Video )

Toast from maid of honor/best man 

Cake cutting 7pm

Bouquet toss/ garter toss 730

Now you have 30 minutes left, you haven’t done the “going/visit each table guests to say hi and take group pictures with them..

those things are part of the wedding, with 100+ people it takes time to get all those things done.. Now where is the party in the wedding. At this time, instead of having that extra time to celebrate what’s left, you and your guests will be rush out, because your time is up.. Not fun at all…

Let me know what you think, I’m getting married next fall. I need your opinions on that matter. Thanks guys.

Post # 23
731 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

lorena.m.lorenzo:  I guess I am confused about your question? Our reception is from 5-11 our ceremony is in the same place from 4-5 (recieveing line included)

Post # 24
1214 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We are getting married somewhere between 4 and 5, then having cocktail hour, then reception. Our wedding is small though, right around 100 people. It’s at a mansion, so I plan on having food stations set up throughout the main floor with different themes in each room. That should take about an hour, so as far as the time goes that should be about 7/8. My goal is to have all my guests gone by 10, which leaves 2-3 hours to dance and party, cut the cake, etc. And I think that is conservatively giving plenty of extra time. If they want to go down the street and post party, they are welcome to do that. But I know I am going to be exhausted by 10! We have the mansion for the whole weekend, so technically there isn’t an “end” time. However, once the last song is played, we will say goodnight to everyone and head upstairs. I refuse to be too tired for our first time as husband and wife. Hehe. I think you have plenty of time for your reception. It just seems so short because of all the planning and money you are putting into it.

Post # 25
1214 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

And I just realized this post was from 4 years ago! If OP is still on here, how did it go? Did you have enough time?

Post # 26
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I would also love to know if anyone else had a 5 hour ceremony/reception and how it went!

Post # 27
595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Oops! Realized this was from 4 years ago!

GreenGables:  Well, it depends. How do you envision your wedding/reception? Do you or your guests usually stay out late? Big dancers? I’ve been to some weddings were I was ready to leave at 9:30 because it was so low key. 

But my wedding was super long and at least 100 people stayed right to the end. Reception started at 6 and normally went until 12, but we paid the extra hour to extend it to 1AM.

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