Post # 1
I’m planning a reception at a local Woman’s club, and the coordinator there is trying to discourage me from renting the club for a 5 hr (the max. rentable time) lunch reception. My guest list currently stands at 130, and the woman is telling me that 5 hrs won’t be enough time considering the number of guests. My caterer told me they only need 1 hr to set up, and the club will take care of the clean up. I think that 4 hrs with guests (no dancing or alcohol) is enough time to eat and have cake. I could be wrong, so any insight would be much appreciated.
Post # 3
Hi Jackie, like you, I’m also having an afternoon wedding (without dancing). I have our venue from 11:30 until 2:30, but am sure we will be finished by 2PM. I think without dancing, 4 hours is definately enough time. Do you have any other events planned, aside from the obvious ceremony, lunch, and cake that would require additional time?
Post # 4
i agree i think it depends if you plan on having your ceremony there, if there’s a cocktail hour and if the lunch is sit down. my friend did a brunch for her wedding with a ceremony and i think it started at around 11 or 11:30. then cocktail hour, then the buffet brunch. she only had about 9 tables give or take so it didn’t take too long to get everyone served but we were still there until about 3pm, after their speeches and what not. hope that might give you a better idea.
Post # 5
i’m doing 5 hours, and that includes ceremony, cocktail hour, seated dinner, and dancing. my coordinators told me that was plenty, so you can definitely get by with less time.
Post # 6
Our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception was from 11:30 to 4:30 and time flew and was over too fast. We barely got to eat, talk to everyone (and we only had 100 ppl there), and do pictures. We had dancing and drinks, although they were hardly the focus of anyone there. People did start to head home around 3:30 (it was Sunday).
Post # 7
Im having about 5 hours for my daytime reception, which includes dancing. I figure if people are still wanting to party after that, we can go bowling.