(Closed) What time should our reception end? 4pm ceremony, 5pm cocktails, 6pm reception

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: When should our reception end?
    10pm : (10 votes)
    29 %
    11pm- pay for the extra hour from the DJ : (19 votes)
    56 %
    Let DJ leave at 10, do ipod until 11 : (5 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 3
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    What time do you have your venue until? That may help you out with that decision.

    We have our venue until 12 am so we told the DJ to start winding down at 11 so everyone could get out if they wanted before the venue deadline hit.

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    If you decide to go an extra hour, I would pay for the DJ.  Once you switch to an Ipod then people might think the party is over and start packing up.   Plus I think it would be odd to see the DJ start packing up is things in the middle of the party.

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee

    @mkim:  I agree – if I saw the DJ pack up I would get the message that the party is over.  I think that 10PM seems too early to end a reception.  

    Hopefully you can find someone else who has mics to use – have you asked your venue?

    Post # 6
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I have the same timeline, i.e. ceremony at 4, cocktails at 5, seating of guests at 6, dinner at 6:30. We have a live band from 8:30-12:30. In between, when they’re taking breaks, we plan to have the couple dance, the toasts, the mini speeches, the cake cutting, fireworks display, etc.

    We’ll have the cake cutting at 10:30pm followed by our thank-you speech and fireworks display. This will give our guests the option to leave at 11pm after the fireworks, or stay till the band finishes after midnight.

    If you want your DJ until 10, I suggest you have a little something at that point, perhaps a speech or whatever, to cue in your guests that if they wanna leave early, this would be a good time, otherwise, the “after-party” goes on till midnight. You can switch to iPod then and your guests know they’re welcome to hang out for another 2 hours.

    Post # 7
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Our ceremony is at 4 cocktail is at 7 and reception ends at 12. Go for the 11pm!!!! 🙂

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Our Ceremony is at 430 and reception ends at 10pm 🙂  Its up to you!! I say go for it!

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    i though 4 hour reception was normal and expected. I don’t see any reason to go until 11 unless you want it longer. I’d say most guests would leave before then anyway (unless you have a large group of drinkers and late night partiers)

    Post # 11
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    we had last call at 1 am.  ceremony was at 6, cocktails 6.30, dinner 8, dance 9-1

    Post # 12
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    I’ve NEVER been to a wedding no matter how fun (including a recent one with a live local band of international fame) that I was not ready to leave from by 5 hours after the reception started (including cocktails, so 4 hours after the dinner recption part started). The only exception would be my own wedding. The time flew for me, so I couldn’t believe it when 11pm came (cocktails 6-7, dinner 7-11), but most of the guests were trickling out already and the rest were ready to leave or take their party to South Beach. I’d end at 10 if I were you.

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