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Over or Under: 4.5 Hour Reception?

Maren, on September 11, 2018 at 11:05 AM Posted in Wedding Reception 2 123
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The average length of a wedding reception - cocktail hour included - is 4-5 hours. Which means there’s plenty of time for eating and dancing! How long will your reception be? Over or under 4.5 hours?


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Latest activity by Jana, on April 15, 2020 at 12:21 PM
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    Super October 2018
    Cassandra ·
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    That is how long mine will be.
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  • ap2al
    VIP October 2018
    ap2al ·
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    We are doing five (1 cocktail, 4 reception) Smiley smile

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  • Across The Stars
    Devoted October 2019
    Across The Stars ·
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    Somewhere around 4
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  • Happy Hedgie
    VIP September 2018
    Happy Hedgie ·
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    Over. Our reception (including cocktail hour) will be approx. 6 hours ending around midnight. This is pretty average for my area (with many being even longer).

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  • FutureMrsR
    Dedicated October 2018
    FutureMrsR ·
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    Ours will be about 5ish, depending on how long the ceremony goes. cocktail hour from 6-7, reception from 7-11pm

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  • EllieRose
    Expert February 2020
    EllieRose ·
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    Over! I think it's about 5-6 when depending on when the ceremony actually is!
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  • Kayla
    Expert January 2019
    Kayla ·
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    Under maybe? Right now we are planning for 4 hours but if it goes longer we already have a plan in place with the DJ and vendors.
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  • KarenO
    Master June 2018
    KarenO ·
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    5 hours total, including a 1-hour cocktail hour.

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  • Rachel
    Super May 2019
    Rachel ·
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    We are having a longer wedding, mostly because we got lucky with having friends who are professional DJs, photographers, HMUAs, etc. It helps us save a lot of money, plus none of them are putting a strong limit on our hours. So, we’re looking at the reception lasting from 3pm to midnight. Maybe later? We also rented the entire venue for 2 nights, so we don’t have a cutoff there either.

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  • Maren
    Champion October 2021
    Maren ·
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    Hi ap2al! That's a great cocktail to reception hour ratio. Will you be serving any special signature drinks or fun appetizers during your cocktail hour? Smiley smile

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  • Maren
    Champion October 2021
    Maren ·
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    Hi Kayla! That's great to hear, as it's hard to know how long the party is going to last if everyone is having so much fun, dancing the night away. Smiley heart

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  • Shinee
    Expert September 2018
    Shinee ·
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    We'll be over 4.5 hours. We have our cocktail hour starting at 3 pm until 4 pm and it'll go until 9 pm!

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  • Jennifer
    Master September 2018
    Jennifer ·
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    We are having a somewhat diff timeline than the norm! We are starting at 3:00 pm with a welcome party which runs until 4:30 with food/whiskey tasting/ open bar/ cigar roller/ acoustic musician. Then at 4:45 everyone is directed over to the ceremony spot. 4:55-5:15 ceremony - guests back over to the welcome area (tented) or the barn which will be open at that point for everyone to find their seats or not.. DJ starts/ intros/ more food served (we have food served for 5 hours, not including dessert or after hours snack).

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  • Alyssa
    Super July 2019
    Alyssa ·
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    Ours will be 4 hours. 5 if you count the cocktail hour
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  • E&M
    Master July 2016
    E&M ·
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    Over. 6 hours total with 1 hour cocktail hour.
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  • M
    Super October 2018
    Michelle ·
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    Under. Two hours if you don't count photography.
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  • ThatGirl
    Super January 2019
    ThatGirl ·
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    Over. Cocktail hour from 5-6, reception from 6-11, so 6 hours total. BUT, we are doing last call for alcohol at 10:30 then pushing coffee and water on people who are still around.

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  • Erin
    Expert October 2018
    Erin ·
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    Just over including cocktail hour - 5 hours.

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  • Mrs. S
    Master November 2019
    Mrs. S ·
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    Four hours including cocktail hour. But everyone is traveling so we’re also doing an optional after party
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  • FutureMrsKC
    Master January 2019
    FutureMrsKC ·
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    Over! Including cocktail hour we will be partying for 6 hours!

    Cocktail hour begins at 5 and the reception ends at 11.

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