Post # 1
I was just reading through some posts in various threads about people having their guests leave their reception early. I had never thought of this! Our wedding is on a Sunday and it will be over by 9:00. Have any of you had that problem? I’m wondering if we should move the time to a little earlier in the day now! Please let me know your thoughts!
Post # 3
I’m so glad you posted this. I didn’t think about people leaving early until I saw some posts about it too. I guess the plus side about my wedding being on a Sunday is the Monday after is President’s Day and most people will have the day off. So hopefully that will help..
Post # 4
The Monday after mine isn’t a holiday. I’m SURE that will help your guests decision to stay!
Post # 5
Here’s the problem with Sunday weddings: most people have to go to work Monday morning and won’t want to hang out, even for a wedding, until late Sunday night. Think about any Out of Town guests, as well–do they have to get back for work or did they take an extra day off? Sundays had a lower minimum at our venue, but we easily met the minimum for Friday and I had to consider that three-quarters of our Wedding Party was out of town, as well as a large chunk of family.
Post # 6
I think that no matter what, guest may leave the reception early. But, what’s one’s definition of “early”?
Personally, I usually like to leave, if it’s in the evening/night, by 10:00 p.m. And if I or Fiance have work the next day, regardless what day of the week it is (because we work any ol’ day of the week with our jobs), then maybe earlier, depending on how long the drive home is.
I didn’t search for past threads about this topic, but how early were people leaving receptions?
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
I had a Sunday wedding, but we started at 11:30 and were finished around 5:30 so that people could get on the road. 75% of our guests lived within 4 hours driving distance, and the rest took off Monday. I have gone to weddings later in the evening on Sunday, and I think 9 is very reasonable, especially if most of your guests are within a 2 – 3 hour commuting range.
Post # 8
The majority of our guests live in town, within 30 minutes of our venue. The out of town guests have taken Monday off and are staying with family members. I think the most I would want to move it up is an hour, to have it end at 8:00 instead of 9. I’m just nervous!
Post # 9
The guests that will leave early will leave early regardless of what time it ends at. My wedding was on a Sunday (ceremony at 10:30, brunch served at noon – same venue). People still left early. Oh well. The people that “really mattered” stayed until 6 (when the DJ was done).
Post # 10
@doxielove: That’s a relief. It did occur to me that regardless of the day of the week, my friends are always going to want to hang out, especially when there is free food and beer!