(Closed) Wedding that has to end early!

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My venue is the same!!! I’m just going to do an early dinner (like 5.00) and then have dancing until we’re told to shut up.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

A lot of people have an after party, and that is basically what you would be doing if you rented the hall across te street. I think that it will work fine.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Hey, I am in the EXACT same boat as you, times and everything! We are just going to carry on the party at the hotel bar or somewhere in the city if we still feel like celebrating!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I say just carry on afterwards at a bar or make your own after party at the hall across the road. I think nowadays it’s become much more common for venues to ask this and a lot of it will do with their licensing agreement – they might not legally be allowed to have people there after 10PM! 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m in the dame boat because I’m having a Catholic ceremony at 2pm and don’t want a huge gap in between.  Our ceremony will be over by 2:45, and it is about a 20 min drive to the reception.  Reception starts at 3:30.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

great advice, i second the other posters!

@jojobananas- i’m in the EXACT situation as you.  do you plan on doing anything afterwards?  also, what are you doing about food/serving dinner?

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We are doing an early one too! Ours is from 4-9pm, then we are having an after hours in our hotel suite for whomever can hang (beer and apps).  We are parents and we get tired early now, which is good because we can chill together just ourselves for the rest of the night… 😉

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Ours had to end by 10 – no more music, which really wasn’t a big deal for us.  We started earlier and since we’re parents we were pooped before we hit that 10 pm time (how sad is that?). 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@nurseamanda  here is our rough timeline for the reception:

1:30 vendors arrive and start setting up
3:30 Guests arrive
4:30 Grand entrance. toasts? first dance?
5:00 Dinner served (buffet style)
6:15 Dancing starts
6:45/7 Cake served
8:30 cleaning up starts outside
9:30 kicked out

Not sure what we’re doing afterwards.  My MoH was talking about an after party somewhere.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Most DJs in this area book for 4 hour blocks and our caterer suggested that most guests will have about a 4 hour attention limit.  We really wanted to keep everything casual, so because of the whole after 6 = formal rule, we had to start the ceremony at 5:30.  That means the reception (which is right next to the ceremony) will start at 5:45 and end at 9:45.  Luckily there is a bar right next door, so we’ll either continue the party there or another bar in town.  I still want to do the sparkler get away, so if we do stay at the vanue bar, we might just make a lap around the block and come right back!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Our wedding was early!  We started at 3 and were done by 7:30ish. =)

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We changed from a 5pm ceremony to a 1pm ceremony because we need to be out by 7pm. Honestly, it’s turning out for the best because we don’t have to serve a full meal anymore! Our plan is now to end at around 5pm, do some separate couple pictures outside when the light is gorgeous, and meet up with our friends for dinner somewhere else.

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