Post # 1
I have to sign the contract with my venue this week, and there’s a clause about when we have to leave the premises (it’s outdoors, and there are noise ordinances) so I’m curious about how long everyone’s receptions were? I’m thinking 1 hour cocktail hour, 4 hour reception? Does that sound about right?
Post # 3
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
We’re doing the same, 1 hour for cocktails and 4 hours for the reception.
Post # 5
That’s what mine says–it’s confusing. It says music must end by 10, and all guests, vendors, and parties must leave by 10. which is confusing. Is the music playing while people are leaving? The woman DID say on the phone that the point is negotiable. I just don’t know that I care too much about going beyond 10. That’s about the time I anticipated ending, but I’m wondering if I underestimated how long the reception shoudl be!
Post # 6
we’re doing the same as pps..5 hours
Post # 7
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
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 # 9
Wow! That seems late, PitBullLover. Weren’t you tired? I was thinking starting the whole shindig at 4:30 and ending around 10!
Post # 10
Yep thats what we’re doing.
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
We had a cocktail hour and a 4 hour reception… I wish we had gone longer. 🙁
Post # 12
I might have to steal that schedule!
Post # 14
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
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
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.