(Closed) Timeline for a lunch reception

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How long should the reception last for a Lunch time wedding (Buffet and not including ceremony time)
    2 hours : (2 votes)
    11 %
    3 hours : (9 votes)
    47 %
    4 hours : (8 votes)
    42 %
  • Post # 4
    2777 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    How many guests are you having? We did an afternoon reception that lasted for 4 hours and we were surprised by how fast the time we went by. We barely had time to talk to all our guests before we had to do things like cut the cake and then it was only an hour before we left. We started at 1 and went on to 5:30. We had to be cleared out of our venue by 6PM and from what I gather the half hour was just enough time for my Maid/Matron of Honor and mom to get all the things together.

    Post # 6
    2777 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think you want at LEAST 3 hours then. Especially if you’re doing some dances/cake/lunch buffet.

    Post # 7
    493 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I had a brunch wedding.  The ceremony started at 11:30, 12-1 cocktail hour (bloody mary’s and mimosas), 1 o’clock brunch, then we did toasts, cake, etc.  I think you definitely need four hours.  I could not believe how fast the day flew by. 

    Post # 8
    185 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @RoundtreeBee: My ceremony and reception is planned to be exactly like yours was. We also have the venue till 4p and plan on having it the whole time. If it ends earlier that’s fine (no dancing) but I think we’ll need all of it.

    Post # 9
    42 posts
    • Wedding: March 2010


    My wedding reception was a lunch buffet from 1pm to 4:30pm. I think 4 hours should be enough.


    Post # 10
    2344 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We had a morning wedding at 10:30am, with a cocktail hour from 11am-11:45am, and a buffet brunch reception from about noon to about 2pm. So all together it was 3 hours. We didn’t have any dancing and it was really hot (we were outdoors) so a lot of guests didn’t want to stay long. So honestly, if you are having a cocktail hour, and your reception is taking place indoors where weather won’t be a factor, I would allot 4 hours.

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