(Closed) What time to start reception?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Reception should begin at 5:30. Otherwise I think your guests might get antsy.

Post # 4
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Do you have to put a specific time on the invites?  Meaning, could you just say:  Reception to immediately follow?

That gives you a little more wiggle room with start time, ceremony length and any last minute or group pictures.

Post # 6
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@sassycat494: yes, it is fine.  Here’s the thing – it really depends on how much time at the reception YOU want.  If you want to be there for the pre-dinner food and mingling, then I’d state a specific time.  If you are ok with missing some of it and/or missing it all and just making a grand entrance before dinner, then it doesn’t matter.  Usually when i see a time stated on the invite, I think there’s going to be a gap between the ceremony and the reception.  

Post # 7
749 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would just put the ceremony time and then “reception to follow at (reception venue)”

That way you don’t have to worry about it

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