Post # 1
I know in some traditions, the bride and groom stay till the end of the reception and say goodbye to every last guest. In others, the bride and groom leave before the party is over. What have you decided to do?
If you are leaving early — how early?
Post # 3
I never understood why they want to leave early??? I think it’s rude to leave before the party is over. I am staying the whole time and my reception is 6 hours long. In my opinion, if you leave early, you at least need to make a point to greet/meet all your guests and thank them for coming.
Post # 4
i think people leave early for the grand exit. we stayed the whole time, b/c there was no exit and we stayed at our venue.
Post # 5
One of my TAs in college was from Louisiana and he said that in his family/southern culture it is rude for the bride and groom to NOT leave early… because none of the guests are “allowed” to leave until the bride and groom do, and you don’t want to make the old folks stay too late! 🙂
For us? We’re going to party down until the last guests go home. We’re throwing the party, we’re paying for (a lot) of the party, we’re damn sure going to enjoy every moment of it!
Post # 6
We stayed until the end of ours as well. We were having way too much fun to leave early…also in our case our families had never met before and everyone travelled to be there, so we wanted to spend as much time together as possible. We had a blast!
Post # 7
We stayed until the very end of ours as well. It all went by so quickly, I don’t think I would have wanted to leave early.
Post # 8
We’re staying till the end. Every single bride who has been there done that says that the day flies by like a blur so it makes the most sense to make it last as long as possible. As a guest, I have never once seen the couple leave early.
Post # 9
I hope to be there till the very very very end. We will leave with the last of the last.
Post # 10
Staying to the bitter end. When else am I going to get to wear my amazing dress and be surrounded by all our friends and family
Post # 11
We left at 11 when the party was wrapping up (we had the location until 12 but no one was really wanting to stay much later).
Post # 12
My first reaction to the thread title is “whenever we damn well please!”
Post # 13
I am a Southern transplant in NYC. I’ve thought it was strange at the weddings I attended here when we didn’t get to see the bride and groom off to their honeymoon. I didn’t realize this was a strictly Southern thing.
We most likely leave just before the last dance to help clear the place out since we have to have everything out by 9 PM so the site can change over to their next event.
Oh, and we plan to make rounds and toast our guests at every table so we are sure we intentionally spend some time with every person there.
Post # 14
@Miso, that is not strictly Southern. There are many social circles regardless of location that do that. Never judge anything by where you are located since that does not apply the majority of the time, contrary to popular belief.
Post # 15
We are staying right to the end! We’re actually doing our honeymoon night the following night so we can actually enjoy the beautiful hotel and spend some quality down-time together.
Post # 16
Stay until the end! You can always do “fake exit” photos if you want.