Post # 1
I know, I know, adding an end time makes it seem like a kids birthday party but both our families are used to weddings going until 1 am and that’s when guests START to leave. Everything is usually done and put away around 3/4. The venue we booked is a museum so the event goes from 5-10 as per our contract. I’ve mentioned this in a previous post but it’s in a great part of town and walking distance from the local night scene and bars so if people are truly interested in partying until 1 am they are more than welcome to continue drinking and socializing if they please; so is it worth mentioning that the wedding festivities will be over ealier than what they’re used to?
(OH! Last minute idea as I’m about to post is to put it on the Save-The-Date Cards since they’re less formal.)
Post # 2
We had an 11pm hard stop (but did not put it on our invite) so we designated a bar to go to for an after party. We put it on our website and used word of mouth. We worked with the bar to provide late night snacks (mini burgers, tots, etc.).
Post # 3
peekaboobs : I would put it on your wedding website. Are you having a DJ? If so, he/she can announce last call.
Post # 4
BMoreBecc : we don’t have a website and don’t have plans to make one. I manage my company’s Squarespace account so it just seems like more work to me and FH thought I was joking when I said people made entire websites for their weddings so he’s not interested either.
We’re just having an acoustic guitar but he will have a system so it can defintely be mentioned during the reception.
Post # 5
At most I would probably just do it on the save the date. Maybe have your reception entertainment say something. Every wedding I have been to, someone (dj or band leader or emcee) makes the last call announcement 30 minutes before the end of the reception and everyone pretty much understands that means everything is wrapping up. That would be a good time for that announcement just to reiterate if they don’t understand the hint and mention the nightlife opportunities then.
Post # 6
annabananabee : my sister just said she would probably help my parents load up gifts and go to a bar with her boyfriend after. So she’ll probably make an annoucement towards the end of the night that she’ll be at XX bar after the reception and anyone will be welcome to join her.
Post # 7
I did. But mainly because we’re having a long day (12 hours) and wanted to write down a schedule with meal times.
Post # 8
We put it on our wedding website (we listed vaguely the day, so evening guests don’t miss the first dance/parents of kids know food timings etc) another good place for it would be the info card if you’re having one, rather than directly on the invite?
Post # 9
peekaboobs : I’ve put carriages at midnight on mine.
Post # 10
I would put it on your save the dates. That way people can make a plan in advance about what they’re going to do after if anything
It may also help people decide what to do if they have childcare arrangements to make (I.e they might just get a babysitter rather than have family watch their kids overnight etc)
Post # 11
If there is a certain time that guests had to leave i would appreciate it. The save the date could have the time. It helps to make travel plans. There is abug difference between 10pm and 1am when thinking about driving, hotel, trains, flights, babysitters etc.
I’m attending a wedding this summer in another city. I’m a student in a budget and no car so i would love to know If I had to book a hotel or if I can still catch the last train home. I’m used to wedding that last till 2am but this wedding starts earlier than others.
Post # 12
I would put it there. I would also put it as a send off. So bride and groom have their send off at 9:45. If last call is called at 9:15-9:30 and music is wrapped at 10. Then just have someplace picked out nearby for the party crowd to keep going. Pass the info word of mouth as well.
Most people aren’t going to continue to party at the venue once the bride and groom are gone and having a coordinated after party should work well.
Post # 13
I put it on our “website” which is a facebook event, which is also the save the date. I know its considered rude to put it on the invite, but I would find some other way to tell people. It just seems to me like a good idea generally to have people who are drinking know when they have to leave.