Post # 1
When we were searching for venues, almost all of the ones we found had a very early mandatory end-time for the reception, due in large part to the fact that we’ll be outdoors. We were fortunate to find a place that will let us go until midnight, which works great as we were planning on having the cocktail hour 5-6pm and the reception 6-10:30pm.
We have friends who just got engaged and are now planning to get married on New Year’s Eve with their reception going from 8pm-midnight. I think this sounds awesome, and I’m suddenly wondering if ours is going to be lame ending so early! The sun sets really late where we live at the time of year when we’ll be getting married, so it won’t even be dark until a little before 10pm. I hadn’t considered going later than 10:30pm because I thought the relatives would want to get to bed, and I didn’t want anyone to feel like they had to stay up later than they want or leave before Fiance and I make our grand exit.
What are you all doing? We want to host a great party that everyone will have a lot of fun at, I’m hoping everyone will do a lot of dancing and drinking and enjoy themselves!
Post # 3
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
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
We are starting at 8pm and ending at about 12pm-1am, we have to be cleared out by 2am
Post # 6
Cocktail Hour: 6:30-7:30
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
Cocktail reception starts at 5:30 and we have to be out of there by 1!
Post # 8
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
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
Cocktail hour starts around 6 PM
Reception/dinner starts at 7 PM
Ends at 11 PM
Post # 11
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 # 13
The more I think about it, the more I think I might ask Fiance and our vendors (and our parents… isn’t it lovely how many people’s feelings have to go into EVERY wedding decision? ) if it would be okay to just push everything an hour later. So, 5pm ceremony, 6pm cocktail hour, 7-11:30 reception. That sounds like a good time, right?
I didn’t want to do an afterparty because – well, lots of reasons, the main gist of it being that we don’t want to stress about planning yet another event where we’ll worry about people having a good time at the end of our wedding day. I have a feeling we’re going to be very eager by that point to get away from everyone, unwind, and attend to some “better things to do” as Nlmiele said. Thanks for the replies everyone!
Post # 14
We are doing a morning ceremony at 11 and finishing the reception at 3. Short, sweet, and to the point!
Post # 16
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.