(Closed) What time is your reception ending?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What time does your reception end

    before 8pm






    1am or later

    we are having an afternoon/morning wedding

  • Post # 3
    323 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @excitedtobeMRSF:  Ours has to be over by 10 p.m. I originally wanted it to end no earlier than midnight, but our venue has strict rules. Hopefully people will hang out somewhere after if they still want to party 🙂

    Post # 4
    439 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @excitedtobeMRSF:  We are having an after party so we don’t know when it will end.

    Post # 5
    2121 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    our civil ceremony(family and bridal party) was at 2, catholic ceremony (for everyone) at 6, [as legal and religious ceremonies seperate in mexico) and reception 7.30-2am.  then we did end up having an after party haha

     in mexico receptions do go for a loooooong time and everyone stays till end except very old/young people. itd be v v strange to have a reception that ended before 12!!

    Post # 6
    188 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015 - Country Club

    We have our venue untill 11:30pm,  I actually think is a bit early based on my background, but it is a formal Friday wedding after all. 

    I have been to a wedding which ended at 9pm and another which went from 1pm to 5pm, the ending times were ok. But in fact at both weddings I wanted to leave so bad because they were simply boring; It shouldn’t matter if your wedding ends at 10pm, just make sure your guests don’t want to leave Earlier than 10pm by catering to them as well.

    Post # 7
    1955 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    our ceremony is at 2:00pm. our cocktail hour will begin at 2:30pm. the reception will end between 7:30pm and 8:00pm.

    Post # 8
    1943 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Ours was the same as yours, 4.30 reception and 10pm end time.  It was a Sunday, so some people who had to work the next day left early.  The venue had a rule that there’s no amplified noise after 10pm so that made the decision easy for us.  Any earlier seemed too early; as I said, about half the people left early, but we had an amazing time with the other half til the very end!! DH and I were supposed to leave at more like 9.45 but I refused since I was having so much fun 🙂  I think all the cars left by 10.15pm.

    Post # 9
    988 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Our reception was done by 11pm which was when things were wrapped up anyway.

    Post # 10
    858 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    We have our venue until midnight, then we have to shut everything down. Realistically, since our ceremony will be in the afternoon around 1:30 or 2, and the reception won’t be til 5/6, I think most people will probably be gone by 10/11. It’s also out on the beach, a bit from the city (30-40 minutes).

    Post # 11
    434 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We were supposed to end by 11.30, but everyone was having such a good time so they let us keep going till past midnight. Then we all went to an imprompty after party in one of the hotel rooms. We had booked out most of that wing so we didn’t get shut down till nearly 2ish. It was such a riot… we were really surprised we didn’t get thrown out by security!!!



    Post # 12
    1075 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

    Ceremony begins at 4:30, reception ends at 9.

    Post # 13
    807 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    Ours has to end at 10pm sharp. 

    Post # 14
    7439 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I think this depends on where you are from, and what local customs are…

    Here in Canada, Receptions tend to run on the long side vs the USA

    (We seem to line up closer in this regard with our UK & Australian cousins)

    First time round…

    My Wedding was at 4 PM… Cocktail Hour around 5, Dinner at 6, Speaches Cake Cutting etc around 7, and Party began at 8.  Hubby & I snuck away to change around 11, came back in time for the Midnight Buffet (mostly Deserts) and danced on til around 1 AM… the party itself packed it in around 2 AM

    That is pretty norm for a Canadian Wedding in my experience

    This time round…

    We had a Back Home Reception Party after our Honeymoon… it also ran 8 PM to 1 AM

    Hope this helps,

    PS… If I went to a Wedding with an Evening Reception and it was all over by 10 PM… I’d be looking for an After Party for sure.


    Post # 15
    6397 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I put 10, but we’ll have people start leaving a little before that. Music has to end at 10 and then they’ll start the clean up. 

    Post # 16
    2748 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    My dad wants to kick everyone out by 3PM. It’s not as bad as it sounds at first glance, our ceremony is at 10:30 AM, should last about 20 minutes, and then we’re going in for brunch at about 11:45, so hopefully 3:00 will have been plenty of time for our garden and games reception. We have to clean everything up by 4, so hopefully an hour is long enough for that.

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