(Closed) Reception length

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How long is your reception? (NOT including cocktail hour)
    3 hours : (10 votes)
    16 %
    4 hours : (27 votes)
    44 %
    5 hours : (17 votes)
    28 %
    6 hours : (7 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    That’s exactly what we’re doing – And we’re asking for clarification in our contract b/c it states that we need to leave AT a certain time, not by, or we’ll get charged overtime.  It’s not clear if we have a window of time after our given end time to get everyone out (it’s indoors and only accessible by elevator).

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We’re doing the same, 1 hour for cocktails and 4 hours for the reception. 

    Post # 6
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    we’re doing the same as pps..5 hours

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I want to keep my reception as short as possible..I am thinkin 3 hrs for mine cause, ahem..I want to be on with my hubby and our honeymoon..you know???

    Post # 8
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    That sounds perfect! We had 1 hour cocktail hour (6:30-7:30) and about 4.5 hour reception (ended right before midnight for us but some people stayed after we left)

    Post # 10
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    Yep thats what we’re doing. 

    4:30 ceremony

    5-6 cocktail hour

    6:20 cake cutting

    6:30 dinner served (buffet)

    7:30 cake served

    7:50 first dance, father/daughter dance, mother/son dance

    8-10 open dancing

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We had a cocktail hour and a 4 hour reception… I wish we had gone longer. 🙁

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We have the following:

    6-7 cocktails

    7-8:30 dinner

    8:30-midnight dancing

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Ours will be four hours too (plus cocktail hour). People usually get married and have their reception at this venue, but we’re only having our reception there, which gives us an extra hour to use if we’d like. Cocktail hour is at 4, reception from 5-9 (it’s a Sunday wedding, hence the earlier times).

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We had our reception room availble from 5:30pm-1am.  We had a one hour cocktail hour, and then had dinner at 6:30 and danced till 12:30, so I guess we were 6 hours.

    ETA – I just looked at previous posters and can’t believe I was the latest end time.  I’ve never really been to a wedding that didn’t go until at least midnight, if not 1 or 2am.

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    our ceremony is 7-7:30, cocktails from 7:30-8:30, and dinner & dancing from 8:30-12:30. jewish weddings aren’t supposed to start until after sundown on a saturday night. we’re actually fudging it a bit thanks to our flexible rabbi, but we’re at least waiting for dusk-ish. our ceremony takes place in front of a big bay window, so hopefully the sky will be a beautiful sunset-y color. it’s a northen exposure though so our guests won’t be blinded by the sinking sun.

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