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How long should a wedding reception be?

Kayla and Noahs day!, on October 29, 2018 at 11:24 PM Posted in Planning 0 28
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Hi everyone! My fiancé and I are trying to arrange our wedding and how long everything is. So my question is, how long does a wedding usually last? I have to keep in mind, the photos after the ceremony, which will probably be an hour, and toasts from the wedding party and family. We have to stop music and all the partying by 10 PM. SO we are thinking 5-10 PM wedding? Is that a too short of time?

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Latest activity by Lynnie, on October 29, 2020 at 4:50 PM
  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
    Kelly ·
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    Ours was from 4-10 for ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing.
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  • starsinwaves
    VIP November 2018
    starsinwaves ·
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    Same here. Half an hour ceremony, hour cocktails, four and a half hour reception. I feel like most weddings I go to have a four hour reception though.
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  • c
    Super May 2019
    c ·
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    Ours is a five hour shindig (ceremony and reception). I think five hours is fine.
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  • Colleen
    Master September 2019
    Colleen ·
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    Ours us 5 hours that is how long we have photographer for.
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  • Jaci
    Dedicated November 2018
    Jaci ·
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    Our ceremony starts at 6 and is 45 mins then the reception is til 11.
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  • Awkwardsauce
    Savvy December 2018
    Awkwardsauce ·
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    Our wedding is noon to 4pm. 30 minute ceremony, 1 hr for cocktails, 2.5 hr reception.
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  • Swtnss238
    VIP May 2019
    Swtnss238 ·
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    We r scheduling 3-8pm but because our wedding is small and more of a dinner reception with light dancing, im expecting things to be done by 7.
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  • Glam Geek
    Dedicated November 2018
    Glam Geek ·
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    Ours will be 7 hours from ceremony to the end of the reception (including cocktail hour), which is really long for wedding standards. Most are about 5 hours. Smiley smile So no worries, as long as you're both happy that's what matters! Smiley smile
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  • Cynthia's and Robert  Wedding Day
    VIP September 2020
    Cynthia's and Robert Wedding Day ·
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    I think we are looking at a 5/6 hour wedding and reception in the same place.
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  • Future Mrs. Petro
    Devoted November 2018
    Future Mrs. Petro ·
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    Our wedding has to stop at 10 as well due to the city's noise ordinance. Our ceremony starts at 4pm followed by a second line parade to change to ceremony to the reception space which will be from 430-5. Cocktails from 5-6 then dinner and and dancing from 6-10
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  • Lisa
    Devoted October 2018
    Lisa ·
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    Ours was a 7pm wedding and reception ended at 1015. Which is pretty standard for here. I was disappointed that most of our guests left about 9.
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  • #RMC2019
    Expert July 2019
    #RMC2019 ·
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    My wedding will start at 5 (ceremony) pics from 6-7 (wedding photos) cocktail hour also from 6-7 ( drinks and mingling) from 7-11 (reception). So 6 hours approx...
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  • V
    Super April 2019
    Valerie ·
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    Our wedding will be 6 hours total for ceremony - end of reception which is short to standard where I am from. We will have a 15 minute ceremony, 1 hour cocktail hour, and 4 hr, 45 minute reception.

    Then we will after party for 4-5 hours in the hotel bar/someone's hotel room before sleeping for like 2 and then doing brunch.

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  • Abby
    VIP March 2019
    Abby ·
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    Our wedding is also going to be 5pm-10pm overall and I've been to weddings in that same time frame and it was plenty of time!
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  • Summer987
    Super May 2018
    Summer987 ·
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    No, ours was from 3-8 and it was plenty of time.
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  • Becca
    Expert October 2018
    Becca ·
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    Ours was 5pm - 11pm
    ceremony at 5, cocktail hour from 530 to 645 (while we do pictures), dinner at 645, cake cutting at 730, then dancing until 11.
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  • Chandra
    Master May 2019
    Chandra ·
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    Ours is roughly 7 hours due to factoring in travel time between ceremony and reception venue it could take 30-45 minutes to travel. Our reception is from 5-10 including and hour for cocktails
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  • Angerra
    VIP August 2019
    Angerra ·
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    Ours will be 6 hours total; ceremony, cocktail hour, reception. 5-11pm.
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  • Meagan
    Dedicated May 2019
    Meagan ·
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    Our ceremony is at 2:00pm and our reception starts at 5pm and ends at 12:00am. It really depends on what kind of wedding you want and your venue!
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  • Jasmine
    Dedicated November 2018
    Jasmine ·
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    Ours is 3pm-8pm (ceremony & reception)
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