Post # 1
Hi Bees – I’m having trouble deciding how long I want our reception to be, so I’d love to hear what you ladies have done or are planning. We initially planned for 5.5 hours with an hour of that as a cocktail hour. However, we have the venue for the entire day, so I’m thinking about making the reception a little longer. We really want to have a fun party with lots of dancing, and I don’t know how much time we need to make that happen. As some added info, we will not be doing first look pictures, so our cocktail hour will be spent taking photos, and we will have toasts and cake cutting at the reception, so I expect that to take up some time. Thanks for your help, ladies!
ETA: Any comments on what you did or suggestions/thoughts/ideas are definitely appreciated, too!
Post # 3
we will probably have a 5 or 6 hour reception./ we get booted out at 11 30 pm.. ceremony starts at 5pm. 5 30 is when cocktail hour starts dinner will be 6 30 music has to be off by 11:15 since there are hotel rooms above the ballroom at venue…
Post # 4
Ours is only 3-3.5, but we’re not doing a typical dinner reception, it’s an afternoon wedding. 🙂
Post # 5
Ours will be 7.5+ hours. Our cocktail hour will start at 5:30pm and last for approximately 1 – 1.5 hours. Then dinner, speeches, and dancing will start and the venue stops serving at 2am.
Post # 6
We are having our ceremony 3ish and with hour devours afterwords (reception is in the same location) and dinner starting about 5 or 6. dancing will be 8ish to 11:30.
Post # 7
I was in the 7.5+ range. Our ceremony is at 4, ends by 4:45, and guests can start going to the venue. Dinner is at 6, dancing starts at 8 and ends at 1. They also gave us the lobby for our use afterwards for drinks, etc…we could be out there until 3 or 4 (but I’ll be in my pjs after 2, there’s only so much partying I can do!). 😉
Post # 8
Ahhh all great info, ladies! My Fiance and I went to a wedding almost monthly before we got engaged, and now that we’re engaged and I want to scope out other people’s weddings and how they do things, we don’t have any on the calendar! Of course that’s the way it works out. So, I really appreciate the help.
Post # 9
Our cocktail hour starts just before 5:00pm and we get kicked out at 1am. I’m not sure if the party will actually last that long, but that gives us like 8 hours to party!
Post # 10
Guests were at our reception venue from about 7-12:30 or 1. A lot of the older guests left at around 11 or 11:30. The younger guests all partied until the wee hours with us 🙂
8-9:20: Dinner and speeches
9:30: Cut the cake, first dance, family dance
1:00-4:30: After party in our suite at the hotel
Post # 11
Our cocktail hour begins at 5:30. We arrive at 6, between cake cutting, toasts, dollar dash, etc we will have plenty of time to party and dance the night away. PS dinner begins at 6:30. We have the grand ballroom until midnight. But there is also a bar in the hotel if anyone wants to continue to party/drink afterwards. So in total 6.5 hours
Post # 12
@SarahSmilesDec28: That’s pretty much exactly our timeline, just ours is a little earlier because music has to stop by 11 (people have to leave by midnight). Ours is:
5:30 – 6:30: Cocktail hour
6:30: Introductions and first dances
6:45 – 7:45: Dinner
7:45 – 8:30: Dance
8:30: Cake-cutting and toasts
8:45 – 10:45: Dance
Then, afterwards, we’ll have an after-party in our suite at the hotel, too.
How did you feel about the timing of your reception? Did you feel like it was long enough or did you wish it was longer?
Post # 13
our cocktail hour starts right after the ceremony (estimating around 5:30 pm) and our reception goes to midnight.
Post # 14
We don’t have a fixed timeline for ours yet…
but we were thinking to have the following timeline:
ceremony 4pm (last about 30 mins at most)
picture time with guest 30 mins
cocktail hour 5-6pm
reception 6-10pm (roughly)
after party with friends somewhere else
Post # 15
If you have the place for the whole day and can afford to have the bar open and the DJ there for extra time I would definitely do it. I wish I was able to have mine for little bit longer but with a catering hall I’m not able to so I say go for it!!!