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Champion October 2021

Over or Under: 4.5 Hour Reception?

Maren, on September 11, 2018 at 11:05 AM

Posted in Wedding Reception 123

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? Photo by Aster & Olive Photography in Ohio Next Question - Over or Under: 4k Honeymoon? ...

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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Photo by Aster & Olive Photography in Ohio


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123 Comments

  • Carmen
    Dedicated September 2018
    Carmen ·
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    I am at 6 hours as well including cocktail hour! Mines is 6pm-12am

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  • AQuixoticBride
    VIP July 2018
    AQuixoticBride ·
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    Under! Our reception was three hours long - a cocktail style reception with music, but no dance party.

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  • BB-H
    VIP September 2018
    BB-H ·
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    It will be over counting cocktail hour. From 4-10

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  • kymarmck
    Super March 2020
    kymarmck ·
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    Our reception will be 7 hours longs! 2pm - 3pm will be cocktail hour, 3-5pm dinner, and then 4-9pm will be dancing the night away!

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  • Mrs Sullivan
    Expert June 2019
    Mrs Sullivan ·
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    Over! Our cocktail hour will be 1 hour then reception is 5 hours with an after party to follow. All of the wedding in my family have been like this where we don't stop partying until 2-3am

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  • Laura
    Dedicated October 2018
    Laura ·
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    Happy I found a venue that does 6 hours Smiley smile

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  • A
    Dedicated June 2019
    Andrea ·
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    Cocktail hour plus 3 hours of actual reception. We have lots of children in our family, so we wanted to have a daytime event that would make it doable for everyone.

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  • Shaunte
    Expert December 2020
    Shaunte ·
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    Ours will be 5 hours.

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  • Kate
    Devoted June 2019
    Kate ·
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    Planning on 5 1/2 but it may end at 4 1/2 or 5 since it’s a Sunday. So at or over.
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  • Kathryn
    Dedicated November 2018
    Kathryn ·
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    Over! 2-2:30 for ceremony, 2:30-4 for cocktail hour (doing Geeks Who Drink Trivia for an hour of it), accouncements, toasts, etc starting at 4, and dinner service starting at 4:30. Kicking every one out by 9.

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  • Lisa
    Devoted October 2018
    Lisa ·
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    Every venue here is 3 hours for reception unless you pay for extra time, and it's 3 1/2 hours if you have the ceremony there too.

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  • Christina
    Dedicated June 2019
    Christina ·
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    Cocktail hour will begin around 330 to 430/5ish and will go until 9 so over

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  • HayMrsO
    Master October 2018
    HayMrsO ·
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    Over. We will go all night if we can! That is the beauty of a private residence!

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  • Mrscolón
    Super September 2019
    Mrscolón ·
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    Over! Our reception is 5.5 hours!

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  • Liana
    VIP March 2017
    Liana ·
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    Including cocktail hour we were at 6 hours so over...

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  • Future Walsh
    Beginner October 2018
    Future Walsh ·
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    Ours will be 5 hours.

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  • ap2al
    VIP October 2018
    ap2al ·
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    Thanks for asking! I'm a little nervous it might be too much time since we aren't doing a bouquet toss or garter toss...but oh well!

    We are having an open bar but we are thinking of advertising signature drinks. For passed appetizers, we are doing mini crab cakes, tomato and basil bruschetta, spanakopita, tenderloin slices with horseradish drizzle and something else. For stationed appetizers, we are having a veggie display with dipping sauces and antipasto setting!

    All the food! Smiley smile

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  • Maren
    Champion October 2021
    Maren ·
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    Hi AlmostOliviera! So true, lucky for you and your guests, the party doesn't have to end and you can all dance the night away!

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  • Maren
    Champion October 2021
    Maren ·
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    Hi AQuixoticBride! Your reception sounds lovely and super unique! Cocktail- style seems very laid back and romantic, I bet it was super fun to spend time with your family, friends, and loved ones this way! What was your venue like? Did you have a signature cocktail? Smiley smile

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  • Maren
    Champion October 2021
    Maren ·
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    No stress about the bouquet toss or garter toss... they're not essential & honestly don't take up much time when they are included. Now you'll just have more time to dance the night away, be with your family & friends, and have fun at your reception. You and your guests will have such a great time. Smiley heart Smiley smile

    That's great! Your appetizers sound fabulous too. Yes, all the food! And can't ever go wrong with a variety of tasty bites. Thank you for sharing!

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