Post # 1
I’ve looked through some posts about reception-ending times, but still am wondering what you think about my specific situation!
We haven’t chosen a venue yet, but we are looking very closely at a nature center. The rental is for a huge pavilion that has canvas drop-down sides in case it rains. All their rental packages start at 8am, so that means we can have the ceremony, dinner, and reception at the same place! I love that we wouldn’t have to be driving around in the middle of it all.
So here’s the thing: they charge a certain amount for you to have the reception go until 10pm (have until 11pm to clean up). In my experience (we are young–23) that seems a little early, however the venue charges $300 more to have the reception go until 12am (have until 1am to clean up).
With the rental times starting at 8am, that means we can have the timing of the wedding however we want. We could do an early dinner (4:00?) so we could have the standard 5 hour reception time. Does 4pm sound too early for dinner?
Do you think its worth it to spend $300 more for two more hours? We are trying to keep a budget ($8,000 total for the wedding) so considering the budget, do you think that is too much? We are having a friend DJ, so it wouldn’t cost anything more than the $300 for the extra two hours.
What do you think? I appreciate your input!
Post # 3
Nah. My friend had a day wedding at 22 bc it was in her budget. Her and her hubby just hosted an after party.
Post # 4
@kar82: $300 for 2 more hours sounds like a steal ! I paid $200 for an extra 1/2hour at my venue
although, if you go to 12am, I’d start everything around 6 or 6:30-that will be plenty of time!
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I would pay the extra 300. I know that’s a good chunk of money, but for 2 more awesome hours of party with all your friends and family on one of the best days of your life?!? Totally worth it. (Also, dinner at 4 pm is pretty early…)
Post # 6
I would pay the extra money if you’re keen on having a fun dancing reception. If I ate dinner at 4pm I a) wouldn’t be that hungry yet and b) would likely then get hungry again later in the night. The party is just getting started at 10 pm 🙂
Post # 7
If you can swing it, i suggest paying the extra money because you wont want the night to end.
Post # 8
my reception had to end by 11 pm. where i’m from if a wedding ends up before 6.00 am it’s a fiasco, so imagine my disappointment
i just had an awesome after party at a karaoke bar
Post # 9
I’d definitely pay the $300!
Post # 10
@kar82: I would pay the 300 for two more hours for sure!
Post # 11
It depends on your guests. We’ll be 21 and 22 at the wedding and our reception ends at 10:30. We’re having a full open bar and don’t want to deal with drunk people later than that. Plus we know we’ll be super tired since it will be such a long day. $300 isn’t bad for an extra two hours. I think ours is like $200 an hour to extend it but we don’t want to. People can always go out after the reception if they want.
Post # 12
I wouldn’t pay the extra money. I would just end at 10pm, have an outfit change and hit the bars with whoever wants to come. 🙂
Post # 13
Have an afterparty at another location. Our reception ends at 11 (and we’re paying extra for that) but we’re hosting an afterparty at a bar that’s in the parking lot of the hotel where out of town guests will be staying. It’s one of our favorite bars with a great craft beer selection, so it’s a fun way for us to end the evening. I don’t think we’ll be paying for anything at the bar but everyone’s going to want to go out since the reception ends so early. We’re just suggesting the location.
Post # 14
@kar82: In all honestly 10pm isn’t too bad, especially if you have an afternoon ceremony