(Closed) Lunch reception – time factor

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2 posts
  • Wedding: December 2010

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
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
3126 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

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.

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