Spinoff – Reception End Time

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

If there are bars conveniently located, I would (and have) go out after the reception and keep the party going. If it was out of the way I’d likely go home, but that also depends on who’s wedding it is and how close I am with them. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I think it depends on a few factors. Age of the guests, length of the entire wedding, and how close bars are. If most of your guests are younger and love to drink/party/etc, if the wedding (ceremony to reception end) doesn’t last for 8 hours, and if bars are easily accessible from the venue/hotel, I think a ton of people will show up! I don’t have any real world experience though.

Do you have a wedding wesbite? You can stick it on there – “Join us after the reception at XXpm at McDrinky’s bar to continue the celebration!”

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I’m having an end time of 10PM and going to the small town bar after. I don’t anticipate everyone will come after, and I actually don’t want a lot to come. I am telling the wedding party and some close friends about the “after party” and assume others will find out by word of mouth. Not announcing it or anything. If a lot of extras come, that’s completely fine, but I don’t want it to be a formal after party.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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misstomorris :  5 hours is pretty typical. including the ceremony, most all-inclusive venues do a 5 or 6 hour package (ours was 6 hours, but we could have easily ended an hour earlier). we skipped the whole afterparty shebang – for one, we were exhausted come the end of the reception, but secondly, the logistics were just a nightmare. we were in a place without an public transit options (literally, there was no taxi service, no uber, etc). and so it meant hiring buses for several more hours, and coordinating trying to get everyone back to their hotels/air bnbs, etc (as it was, we provided buses to/from the venue for all guests, but it’s much easier to do so without also coordinating who is going to the bar afterwards).

ive been to a few weddings with afterparties – and in every case, i could have just as soon skipped it. i went to support my friends and their day, but honestly i was tired and just wanted to crawl into bed – and it feels like most guests would have been fine with skipping too. the ones i’ve gone to have always had lots of peer-aged friends go, but looking around you see that the guests are pretty ambivalent about being there and would happily have skipped the afterparty  altogether.

in all cases, it was just word of mouth at the reception. the bride or groom would usually say something along the lines of “hey, we’re headed to Bar afterwards, you’re coming, right?”

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

 

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misstomorris :  I’m doing the same thing, our reception is being held at a place near a ton of bars so we’re going to let people know where we plan to go after, and I have another dress to change into for that! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

my wedding was 5.5 hours.  ceremony 30 minutes, cocktail hour, then 4 hour reception.

it was plenty of time.

i think you will be fine with 5 hours, everything is in the same place.

cut cocktail hour to 45 minutes, and reception to 3.5 hours.

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

5 hours seems a little short to me. We’re doing about 7…4:45 ceremony start and midnight end. I have been to shorter weddings around 5 hours before and its kind of a wash if people go to the after party. Depends on the age of your crowd, timing, etc. 

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