(Closed) when do you expect guests to start leaving for a sunday night reception?

posted 11 years ago in Reception
  • poll: what time will guest start leaving for a sunday night reception?

    9:00 or 9:30pm



  • Post # 3
    604 posts
    Busy bee

    I think about 9:00-9:30pm this way by the time they get home it’s still early and they have time to maybe sit home, put the tv on etc. before heading off to bed

    Post # 4
    582 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    My brothers wedding was on a sunday, and they had to make their exit around 9:00. Guests started leaving, and they didnt want everyone to leave before they did. My wedding is also on a sunday, im hoping people stay a little longer. I dont really care to make a grand exit though I want to stay until the party is over !We have the venue til 12.

    Post # 5
    4381 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

    I’d say earlier than 9. Depends on the crowd, though.

    Post # 6
    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    It depends on the crowd. Unless the majority of your guestlist is elderly folks who go to bed early, most people will tend to leave at 10:30pm. The idea of leaving early to travel home doesn’t make sense to me because if you are from out of the area and you are attending in the first place, most folks have more than likely made arrangements for the following day off. That is assuming that the following Monday is not a holiday. There is ample time to arrange that in the timeframe when invitations and even save the dates are sent out. If someone does have to travel a fair distance to get home, they either won’t attend at all or they will call in sick/late the next day because they won’t be travelling during the night and then be up at the crack of dawn to go to work the next day, as the lack of sleep will drastically affect their job performance.

    Post # 7
    2475 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We just went to a Sunday evening wedding, and most guests began leaving around 9.  Fiance and I left around 9:30.

    Post # 8
    873 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    My Canadian wedding is going to be on a Sunday.  We plan on cutting the cake at 9 so people can leave at 930.  However, we do expect a group of people to stay overnight at the venue, so we’ll still have drinks and things to do for the small number who stays.

    Post # 9
    3761 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I think it totally depends on if your guests are traveling or not.  There is no way I would stay at a reception till 10:30 if I had an hour or two drive home that night.  Unless someone was family or a REALLY close friend, I would have a hard time taking a day off of work for the wedding.  My job just isn’t that flexible and with the economy the way it is, I need to keep it!  I would say I wouldn’t want to get home after midnight if I had to work the next day.  So, if I had a 3 hour drive, I would shoot to leave by 10 pm.  Make sure you provide coffee!

    The last Sunday wedding we went to started at like 2 in the afternoon and wrapped up around 7 so it gave most of us Out of Town guests time to do the 5 hour drive home.   We are all young and just starting our careers so not a lot of our group can afford to take the day off of work and/or pay an extra $100 for a hotel.

    Bottom line, it depends on your crowd.

    Post # 10
    14181 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Well, I don’t know…BUT if I was going to your wedding, I’d leave at 830pm. Even if i was local.

    I work at 630 or 7am in the morning…i like to be in bed by 1030. Leaving at 830 or 9 at the latest would ensure I don’t look like hell the next day. A lot of people have to be at work before 8am.

    My guests were leaving at 9-ish (the older ones anyways) for my SATURDAY night wedding. I’d imagine you’d be left with just a handful by 1030 on a Sunday night.

    Post # 11
    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    At our Sunday reception (which started 5 pm), people started leaving at 8 pm.  I think all the guests were gone before 9 pm, and we were all cleaned up and heading back home by 9:30 pm.  It will depend a little bit on when you do your cake cutting (because people often stay at least until that point), but I would say most people would leave between 8 and 9 pm, especially if they are families with kids.

    Post # 12
    2472 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I voted for 10:30 because that doesn’t really seem all that late to me.  I think that’s a pretty reasonable time for a Sunday wedding.

    Post # 13
    613 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    i voted 9, but realistically Id leave around 8:30. I went to a sunday wedding last year. The ceremony started around 5 I think. We were out of there as soon as we finished eating. It was like a 2 hour drive back to the city (wedding was near san diego). And, nearly 70% of the guests left with us.  I heard later the bride was really upset, but sunday weddings are really hard for a lot of people.

    Unless you have a lot of people flying in town or it is a short drive (less than 30 minutes), I wouldnt expect too many people to stay past 9. Sorry.

    Post # 14
    52 posts
    Worker bee

    My friend had a sunday wedding and a lot of people stayed until 11:00. There were a lot of family and friends from out of town and they took monday off. I dont think a sunday or saturday wedding is much different for people out of town, either way you have to take a day off. I sure hope people do not leave your wedding around 8:00, that is sooo early and kind of rude. If you make the effort to go to a wedding you shouldnt eat and run. I think it depends on the crowd of people. If it is a younger crowd I doubt people are going to be leaving that early.

    Post # 16
    7774 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I voted 9, but I think they would actually start leaving earlier than that. Ive never been to a Sunday wedding where the guests hung around for a long time.

    I originally was planning a Sunday and then switched to Saturday for that reason.

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