(Closed) Reception Length (from start of the cocktail hour until the end of the party)

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How long was/is your reception including cocktail hour?
    Less than 3 hours : (1 votes)
    1 %
    3 or 3.5 hours : (4 votes)
    5 %
    4 or 4.5 hours : (14 votes)
    17 %
    5 or 5.5 hours : (33 votes)
    39 %
    6 or 6.5 hours : (20 votes)
    24 %
    7 or 7.5 hours : (3 votes)
    4 %
    More than 7.5 hours : (9 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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
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    6892 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Ours is only 3-3.5, but we’re not doing a typical dinner reception, it’s an afternoon wedding. 🙂

    Post # 5
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    481 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    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
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    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
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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 # 9
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    5657 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    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
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    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 🙂

    7-8: Cocktails
    8-9:20:  Dinner and speeches
    9:30:  Cut the cake, first dance, family dance
    9:45-12:30:  Dance
    1:00-4:30:  After party in our suite at the hotel

    Post # 11
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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 # 13
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    5075 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    our cocktail hour starts right after the ceremony (estimating around 5:30 pm) and our reception goes to midnight.

    Post # 14
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    637 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    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
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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!!!

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