(Closed) Times for reception

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

too short in my opinion, and too late for dinner.  But I’m used to Catholic weddings that start at 2pm.  And the dancing usually lasts until midnight.

Post # 4
219 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think you should give yourself a little more room for error. I am not sure what kind of ceremony you are having (church or otherwise), and how far your reception site is from your ceremony site, but regardles you might want to tack on some extra time for the ceremony/travel/arrival so you don’t feel rushed taking pictures, doing receiving line (if you are at all), and, ya know… taking a minute to breathe with your new husband 🙂 As for the reception time, it seems short to me, but you know your guests better than I do so you will have a better understanding of how much dancing they will be interested in doing.

Post # 5
1667 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I agree don’t extend your wedding timeline to the edge of the page, give yourself a little more margin for error, because things will ALWAYS take longer than you think.

Post # 6
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

We started at 6, and our ceremony was only 10 mins. Then we had a small cocktail hour, and dinner was at 6:45, then dancing, tosses, and cake and more dancing. But we were fortunate that we had the space until we were ready to leave. We ended ours at like 11:30, when it was only our families left!

Post # 7
178 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

That seems short.  Our reception will be 5 hours.  I’d recommend at least 4 hours.

Post # 8
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I seems pretty short. our ceremony/reception is 7 hours.

5:00 pm Cocktail Hour

6:00 pm Ceremony

7:00 pm Dinner

8:30 pm Desert Buffet & Dancing

12:00 am End of Reception (however we reserved a party suite at the hotel for friends that want to keep on rockin’)

Post # 10
1514 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Having it at the same place will help.  I think a four hour ceremony reception is fine if it’s all in the same place, you do pictures before and you’re not “late night” people.

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