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Hannah
Dedicated June 2018

How long is/was your Reception???

Hannah, on October 25, 2017 at 10:09 PM Posted in Planning 0 48

Hi WW loves! It's been awhile since I last posted. Anyways, I was wanting some input from you. I recently spoke with our Coordinator about our timeline. We aren't even close to setting that in stone, just now starting to draft it. We have our venue from 3-1am. It is a Sunday wedding, however, it will be a destination wedding for most guests. Almost all of our guests will either be flying or driving for several hours. Our timeline we were comfortable with would be:

3-6 Getting Ready and pictures

6-6:30 Ceremony

6:30-7:30 Cocktail Hour

7:30-12 Reception

The last hour is for clean up for vendors. Apparently, that's a "reallyyy long" reception according to our coordinator. She suggested we end at 10:30. What do y'all think? I feel like people are coming from all over and will likely be getting hotels anyways, not like most will be trying to fly or drive home that night. Also, we've invested lots of money into our venue, id hate to waste money on what we paid for. Thoughts please!

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Latest activity by Ariella, on October 26, 2017 at 7:29 PM
  • K
    Super March 2018
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    Our reception will be from 5:30-11pm

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  • Miaaa
    Super January 2018
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    Unless your venue charges you by the hour, there's no reason to cut the reception short. I've seen parties go until midnight and 1 am. Especially if people are coming from out of town, they may be in a vacation mode and want to stay out later. Just clean up when you're planning, or when most guests have left whichever comes first.

    We're having a sunday wedding- reception starts at 6 pm and we have the hall until 1 am. Realistically I know most of my guests will be gone by 11 pm at the latest, but it doesn't matter much to my venue. She may be saying this as a way to let you know her hours won't include breakdown then?

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  • golferchick
    Savvy September 2018
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    We have our venue (ceremony and reception in the same space) from 6 till midnight ... planning to stay and drink the whole time

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  • Hannah
    Dedicated June 2018
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    @Maria, we have her for 10 hours! So she will be there the same amount of time as we have venue for. I think she was saying it cause some vendors timelines aren't nearly as long, however we've had pretty good success finding vendors at decent prices for a good amount of time. It just threw me off a bit, cause she knows it's a DW. Our family would party till the crack of dawn if they could!

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  • KarenO
    Master June 2018
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    Our reception is 7:30-11:30 p.m., cocktail hour 6:30-7:30.

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  • Miaaa
    Super January 2018
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    @Hannah, then it's not too long! As long as you're also aware of your vendor's hours (ex DJ for x hours, photography for x hours) it's fine. Also, if she's doing any set up before that will be part of her 10 hours so it's not when the wedding starts her clock starts. Just something to keep in mind.

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  • Shinee
    Expert September 2018
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    My reception starts at 3pm for the cocktail hour and will go on until 9pm. I felt like I was having a short reception lol. My cousin's wedding I recently went to had a reception from 3:30pm-12am and by about 8pm or so, there were only a handful of us left.

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  • Sabrina
    Dedicated May 2018
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    I wish ours could go till 12pm! We spend so much money and put so much work into our day that I want to enjoy every last minute of it and make it last as long as I can! Everyone needs to be out by 11pm. It starts at 5.

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  • Mrsbdg
    Champion August 2017
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    Our reception started at 7:05 and we had to basically push people out because there were so many lingerers. I don't think that is obscenely long but if you have last call at 10:45-11 most people will shuffle out by 11:30

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  • Future Mrs. G
    VIP February 2018
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    7-7:30 ceremony

    7:30-8:30 cocktail hour

    8:30-12:30 reception

    12:30-1:30 after party (Separate room of venue)

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  • Alforev
    VIP August 2018
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    My reception is scheduled for 7-11 but I'm not 100% if it's going to stay like that or be moved to 6:30-10:30 but it's 4 hours.

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  • Susan
    VIP December 2017
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    4:30-5:30 Ceremony

    5:30-6:30 Cocktail hour

    6:30-11:30 reception

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  • Anna
    Super October 2017
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    Our cocktail hour was 5-6 and reception 6-10. I honestly wish we had 1 more hour. It flew by! With that said, it would have been pretty expensive for us to add an hour so I don't totally regret our time frame but I just wish I had a little more time to enjoy everything. I do think 4 hours is pretty standard reception timeframe.

    Edit: A couple people did leave early but the dance floor was still full until the end, a solid number of people were still there. Enough people that I wished we had 1 more hour with them lol

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  • Mrs. Coakley
    Master June 2017
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    Our reception was 6-11 (including cocktail hour) and we extended the reception 11-12 for late night s'mores fire pit on the venues beach.

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  • mkebride
    Super September 2017
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    Our ceremony was at 5, cocktail hour 530-630, reception went until 12. We actually paid to extend it an hour because I thought 11 was too early and I'm so happy we did.

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  • BoudreauToBe
    Master July 2018
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    5-6 hours (including cocktail hour) is pretty standard where I'm from. Ours will be the pretty much the same timeline as yours.

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  • Maria
    VIP March 2016
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    I don't think it's to long, especially if people will be staying over, they won't be in a rush home.

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  • Janel
    Super September 2018
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    @Hannah P, we have the same start time as you for ceremony and cocktail hour.

    Our reception is 7:30-11, with the bar closing at 10:30. Afterwards, we were planning to go to a nearby tavern for those who wanted to keep the party going.

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  • L
    Expert November 2017
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    We will have 6 hours from the start of the ceremony until the end of the of night so 4 pm-10 pm. The ceremony will only be 15-20 min. The venue an dj only give 5 hours so we extended both of them an hour.

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  • Munchkin9218
    Master September 2018
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    Our reception is 5 hours and is suppose to run

    5-5:30 - Ceremony

    5:30-6;30 - Cocktail hour

    6:30 - 10:30 - Dinner/Dancing/Merryment

    10:30- ? - We must leave the ball room but the coordinator said we can always go to the onsite bar which is open until 1 or 2am if we want!

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