(Closed) Reception Timing?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
53 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

That is a lot of money for an extra hour… my wedding will go like this (give or take – we have some schedule challenged familiy members):

4:00 ceremony upstairs

4:30 move to reception site downstairs

 – 30 min for people to find thier seats, get some drinks, mill about

5:00 people start getting their foods

5:45 toasts/speaches

6:00 cake cutting

6:20 dancing stuff starts

8:30 bride and groom leave

9:30 all the guests better get gone.


So the whole thing is about 5.5 hours and I think it sounds like plenty of time to me.

Post # 3
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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southernmc:  Mine was 5.5-6 hours from the start of ceremony until the last shuttle left and that was about 1 hour too long for me so I think you’re good.

I don’t know how many guests you have or how many courses you’re serving but I would be surprised if dinner service tajes less than 45 minutes, FYI.  If it’s a very large group or you’re doing more than 2 courses it could easily take an hour.  

Post # 4
237 posts
Helper bee

Is it rude to write 5-11pm on an invitation if the venue charges so much for extra time?! 

Post # 5
11 posts
  • Wedding: December 2015

My fiance and I DJ, emcee and do day-of coordination for weddings, and coming from the people that play the music, I think about 3 hours if perfect for dancing.  Its enough time for people to have fun, but not so long the start getting bored and run out of the really good dance music.  The time frame of things also depends on if you are getting married at the same location or if you will have a larger gap in between. Most of the weddings we work, whether ceremony at the same location or elsewhere, goes something like this:

5:00 Ceremony Starts

5:30 Ceremony Ends

5:30-6:30 Cocktail Hour

6:35 Bridal Party Intros

6:40 Dinner Blessing/Dinner Served

7:20 Toasts/Speeches

7:35 Cake Cutting

7:45 First Dances

7:55 Dancing Begins

9:00 Bouquet/Garter

10:55 Last Dance

11:00 Reception Ends

We have found that flow usually works the best, as well as doing the bride and groom first dance right after intros and then doing the parent dances later.

$500 seems like a lot to go an extra hour. Is that for the venue or the DJ? We don’t charge by the hour, so when we DJ a wedding we are just there as long as they need us.

Post # 7
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Here’s an outline of how our ceremony/reception will go, and we also only have the venue for 5 hours.  Honestly, I think 5 hours is great amount of time, and I would not add another hour, especially for $500.

5:00 – Ceremony begins

5:30 – Ceremony ends, family formal pictures begin, cocktail ‘hour’ begins

6:10 – Pictures end, cocktail ‘hour’ ends, reception grand entrance, speeches

6:20 – First Dance

6:30 – Buffet opens (180 people)

7:30 – Father daughter/mother son dance while dinner is being finished

7:45 – Cake cutting once dinner is cleared

8:00 – Open dancing, cake is served, dessert bar opens

9:55 – Bride and Groom exit

10:00 – Music needs to be off, guests start leaving

10:15 – Last shuttle leaves


Post # 8
11 posts
  • Wedding: December 2015

For $500 I would say not to do it if you are already over budget. My theory is if the guests still want to party after the wedding, they can go out on the town. Haha. Then you are your new hubby can head out because I feel like most bride and grooms are ready for some rest after the big day!

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