Post # 1
If you’re having a morning/ early afternoon reception, how long do you anticipate the whole thing going for?
Our ceremony will start at 10:30 or 11am, with a brunch reception to follow. I feel like a 2:30pm end time is plenty… But is it?
If anyone has any thoughts- suggestions for timing, personal experience, plans for your own wedding- please share! I don’t want things to end too soon, but I definitely don’t want it to be dragged out.
Thanks for your insight!
Post # 2
Our wedding was at 10:30 w reception immediately following. We ended around 4:30. It still seemed rushed to get everything in.. i think 2:30 would be really short. Our reception spot was literally across the street from church but pictures take a ton of time and eating and cake cutting and first dance… Etc. spreading things out a little makes it easier to talk to all your guests. We had a Destination Wedding so around 40 guests.
Post # 3
If people feel like it’s dragged out or have to be somewhere they will just leave typically.. So I wouldn’t worry abt that. Just make your day special 😊
Post # 4
my wedding ceremony was at 11, then we had cocktail hour and a full reception until 4 pm. It was a good amount of time but I wouldn’t have wanted it to be any shorter.
Post # 5
I think this depends partly on your guests and what activities you have (cake cutting, dancing, bouquet toss, etc). If you have activities, then people might hang out to see the “entirety” of the wedding. If brunch is your last activity, people might just eat and leave, especially if they’re local, because they still have the rest of the day to do stuff. I do agree with Mrs_JB:
that people will leave whenever they need to and if you think you will have people linger after the reception is over, then maybe make arrangements to meet up somewhere afterwards for an after party/casual hangout?
Our ceremony and reception ran from 11-4pm. Our parents’ guests left after lunch. Our friends lingered. If you’re going straight from the ceremony to the reception (no pictures, etc.), then I think it might be helpful to figure out how long it would take everyone to get their food + 1 hour eating time and that would be when you could expect people to start trickling out.
Post # 6
Receptions are typically 5 hours, including cocktail hour.