(Closed) Reception End Time

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: When did/is your reception ending?

    When everyone leaves!

    We set a time! (please tell me when below)


  • Post # 3
    798 posts
    Busy bee

    I’m going to let it go on as long as we can (legally) and hopefully there will be people left! lol


    8 or 9 is WAY too early! Think about it, you spent this much time and money for it to be over right after dinner? NO THANKS

    Post # 4
    1047 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    We had an in-suite reception in Vegas and it happened to be our “wedding night suite” so I was worried about that also.  We had it catered and had a bartender until a specific time so we put on the invites an hour after that.  Honestly, everyone left by 11 b/c they knew we were staying there and wanted us to get down to business!

    Post # 6
    6835 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    Our music has to end by 10 but the venue has a big area for hanging out and campfires, and there’s lodging on site – so we’ll just stay up with friends til whenever!  Or more likely, I’ll get exhausted and crash around 2 am and my sweetie will stay up with his buddies til 4 😉

    Post # 7
    112 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    My venue gives us until 1am. We are planning on staying until the very end to help with cleaning up, etc. so we won’t be doing a set-up. We are having the ceremony at 5, dinner at  6 (all one venue) and dancing to follow. I expect that most of our older guests will be gone by 10-11 so we’re doing all the important stuff by 9 andthen partying with our younger friends.

    Post # 8
    693 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I should have clicked other but I put whene everyone leaves.

    We had the room until 1am. That is when the DJ had to stop playing and the booze stop flowing.

    BUT by the time we and everyone left it was 1:30

    Post # 9
    1664 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2024

    8 or 9 is too early. Say dinner takes 1-1.5 hours that is already 6:30 and with the scheduled dances, cake cutting etc add another hour total for that so now it’s already 7:30, giving guest 1/2 hour or 1.5 hours to dance/drink/party just isn’t enough time.

    Since you can have it until 12 I would tell the coordinator that you are paying until 12 and will leave before the 12 deadline.

    Post # 10
    1434 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

    If you have the space until midnight… then you can end at midnight. 8 or 9 is really unreasonable of her to suggest. Our whole shebang was from 7-midnight, and we stayed until midnight. Around 11:45 they started cleaning up, and that was totally fine. Not many people were left, but it was still fun. …we had a planned last (2) dances that were so much fun. And we felt like were the only people who existed for those dances. It was great.

    Post # 11
    949 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    we are at a hotel as well..the wedding is at 5..cocktails 6 and recpt starts at 7- we have the room until 12- WITH MUSIC

    we were told that we can actually stay in the room until 1 or 2 just the music has be to off or turned down- however since we have a TONS of guests staying over, we will be moving the party to the lounge upstairs in the hotel, that will be open til 2am with music.

    I agree- coordinator is a lil crazy to think 8 or 9 is enough time.. you paid til 12- STAY til 12 🙂

    Post # 12
    666 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We’re having an afternoon reception. 11:30 ceremony on site. 12 – 1 cocktail hour and 1-5 reception. Our venue has a rooftop bar and lounge where we’ll be heading for our after party. =)

    Post # 13
    9986 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Due to noise ordinaces, we (anyone but the vendors) have to be out by midnight.  Our reception ends at 11:30 with the cleanup completed by 1am. 

    Post # 14
    1202 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Most weddings I go to around here end at 10:30 or 11. The DJ annouces “this is the last song”, the lights come up, and after a while, everyone starts to GTFO. Although at the wedding I went to over the weekend, everyone was still hanging out and talking for a long time (like an hour) after that happens. The coordinator for the venue ended up kicking us out.

    Usually after the reception ends everyone heads to a nearby bar (or the hotel bar if we’re staying in one). Our reception will also end at 10:30 or 11 (5 hours long), and then we have an hour to get all of our stuff cleaned up.

    Post # 15
    3809 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Our hall closes at 2am, by 1:30am the clean up starts so we’ll be there until the end.

    Post # 16
    7960 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    i agree with pp, 8 or 9 is too early.  you have the room until 12.  use it.

    we didn’t have a set time.  last call was at 1am and that’s when the music stopped.  i think by the time everyone left it was 1.30-2am.

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