(Closed) Wedding Too Short?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Too Short?
    It'll Be Fine! 4 Hours is Enough Given Your Timeline : (10 votes)
    22 %
    You'll Feel Rushed. It Might Be Better To Reserve The Extra Hour Just In Case. : (34 votes)
    76 %
    You Really Should Have Started Sooner, & Now You're Screwed. : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - Baby #2 due Sep 2017

    Will the 30 min gap be enough time for the informal family photos with 100 guests milling around?

    If the guests aren’t ‘party people’, it isn’t worth the $100, but if you don’t mind people trickling out and want to dance with the remaining younger party animals, I’d say book it just in case.

    Post # 5
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’d pay the extra $100 as imo, it’s not much if it means spending more time with the ones you love! I wish I could tack on an extra hour, but our venue doesn’t have that option. Our reception is scheduled to start at 7:30pm and I’m def worried! Our ceremony starts at 6pm however, but we have a full cocktail hour.

    p.s. make sure to take into account the extra expenses with the DJ and keeping the bar open (if applicable) if you decide to do the extra hour!

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We are having a Sunday wedding, ceremony at 6 pm, reception following that ends at 10 pm, so a similar time frame.  Ceremony and reception are at the same location.  I actually feel this is enough time for us.  We are keeping each part of the day very quick and short (ceremony 20 min, photos after 30 min, dinner 45 min).  We are also foregoing a bouquet and garter toss.  These are things we didn’t want to do or spend a lot of time on anyways.  We decided that the dancing and mingling were most important, so we cut back everywhere else on the schedule.  This is how we want our wedding to go, so our guests will just have to understand.

    In your case, $100 is very resonable for an extra hour rental.  I agree with the point that you should check with your photographer, DJ, and other vendors about their extra hour fees.  It could add up, if budget is a concern.  Would your venue let you add it on as a lsat minute request during your reception?  If so, you could play it by ear and gage how your guests are enjoying themselves or if they are leaving early. 

    Post # 8
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    105 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @Kat:  $100? Psh… our venue wanted $500(yikes!) and we still booked it! Not saying any sum of money isn’t expensive cause weddings freaking break the bank but in the grand scheme of things your really should book it. This is a night you want to remember. The night is already going to fly by. GET THE EXTRA HOUR!!! Smile

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