(Closed) What time is your reception starting/ending?

posted 11 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
768 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Our ceremony is from 7:30 to 8:15. We’re doing all our pictures beforehand, so we won’t have a cocktail hour. The reception will be from 8:15 (it’s literally a five minute WALK from the ceremony) to midnight. Our exit is at 11:30. The venue required that guests leave by midnight and that it be cleaned up by 1 am. 

Post # 4
541 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

It really depends on your area and what the norm is. We are also planning NYE, so we’re starting late, late late, as in 8 pm ceremony and reception ending at 2am. We’re in Philly though where it’s not totally absurd for weddings to go late. We planned for a late night since fireworks begin at 12 and are the  REAL start of the party as far as we are concerned. We are required to have stopped serving alcohol by then so the bar will be closed, and the older family member will be ok with going home.

I personally think 10:30 is fine though.

Post # 5
2560 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We are starting at 8pm and ending at about 12pm-1am, we have to be cleared out by 2am

Post # 6
921 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Cocktail Hour: 6:30-7:30

Reception: 7:30-11:30

We are having ours at The W Union Square so in the hotel there is a lounge that we will likely hit up after for everyone that wants to keep partying!

Do you have any “after party” type plans you could set up?

Post # 7
6593 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Cocktail reception starts at 5:30 and we have to be out of there by 1!

Post # 8
3162 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Right now this is the timeline: our ceremony start time is 5:30 pm with guests expected to start arriving at 5 (Italian families show up way to early for everything). Cocktails and hors d’ouevres will be from 6-7:30, dinner from 7:30-9:00 and dancing from 9-midnight.

If you’re concerned about ending the party too early, why don’t you plan to afterparty at a bar somewhere? All the youngin’s will be up for it and the older guests will be free to leave. A lot of older guests will end up leaving early anyway if the reception goes late. I don’t expect a lot of my older family members to stick around until midnight.

Post # 9
468 posts
Helper bee

Our cocktail hour will start at 5 ish  and go to 630ish.

Dinner 630 to 8

Dancing 8 to 1030

No after party plans yet 


Post # 10
2395 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Cocktail hour starts around 6 PM

Reception/dinner starts at 7 PM

Ends at 11 PM

Post # 11
732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think I’m the only one doing an afternoon wedding! We’re starting around 12:30 and ending around 7:30pm – I will have better things to do after the wedding 😀

Most of our family lives 2 hrs away so we wanted to give people enough time to get home if they wanted to

Post # 12
1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010


Post # 14
818 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

We are doing a morning ceremony at 11 and finishing the reception at 3. Short, sweet, and to the point!

Post # 15
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Ceremony at 530

cocktail hour 6-7

reception 7-11

Post # 16
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I wouldn’t worry about it.  Our ceremony was at 6:30 with dinner starting around 7:30.  Honestly, by the time 10 rolled around, we were pretty tired and we went home by 10.  There were noise ordinances out so after 9pm the music wasn’t allowed to be loud anyway.

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