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Over or Under: 4.5 Hour Reception?

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

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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? 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

  • AQuixoticBride
    VIP July 2018
    AQuixoticBride ·
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    Cocktail style receptions are actually pretty common in New Orleans. It's a fun way to have the bride and groom really integrated into the party. Our venue was a historic house museum, so lots to look at and an intimate setting. Since we had beer and wine, we also did a signature drink, which was modeled off the French 76 cocktail. It had vodka, lemon juice, lavender syrup, and Champagne and I named it a Summer's Kiss after one of my favorite songs. It was fitting because our wedding this summer was on Bastille day, so subtle French stuff everywhere, and our main flower was fresh French lavender.
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  • Tpatb
    Master August 2019
    Tpatb ·
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    Exactly the average!
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  • Christine
    Dedicated March 2019
    Christine ·
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    Our venue includes 1 hour for the ceremony and 5 hours for the reception
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  • MrsV1027
    Master October 2018
    MrsV1027 ·
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    Under! Our reception is only 2 hours. We want people to enjoy their time in Vegas

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  • WagsToKray
    Expert November 2018
    WagsToKray ·
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    Over - ours will be 5 hours.

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  • P
    Dedicated September 2018
    Pom ·
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    We don't have an exact timeline, but probably under 4.5 to be honest. We are not doing most of the traditional activities that take up time (introductions, bouquet toss, first dance, parent dances, toasts). Basically, guests will have cocktail hour, we will arrive and get settled, have dinner, cut cake, have cake, start dancing in between there somewhere, and everyone can trickle out as they please. I'd be surprised if it lasted a whole 4.5 hours.

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  • Maren
    Champion October 2021
    Maren ·
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    Oh wow! I had no idea Smiley smile

    Okay, I totally love that. I can see how it would be much more integrated.

    Your historic setting sounds lovely, too! So perfect and fitting for a cocktail hour style.

    Your signature cocktail is perfect, too, and I love how every detail is so cohesive! With the French 76 spin signature cocktail, lavender everywhere, and it being Bastille day! Smiley heart Very creative!

    Thank you for sharing and congrats on your marriage!

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  • Kimmi
    Dedicated September 2018
    Kimmi ·
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    Under - ours was 4 hours including the cocktail hour it felt way too short!

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  • Haaley
    Expert December 2019
    Haaley ·
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    We get a total of 5 hours at our venue. You can buy extra time but it is pricey.
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  • Nicole
    Expert November 2018
    Nicole ·
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    Over at 5 hours! Cocktail hour beginning at 5:30pm with the reception ending at 10:30pm

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  • R
    Just Said Yes July 2019
    Raquel ·
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    That’s how long mine will be

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  • Lori
    Beginner September 2018
    Lori ·
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    Under. 1 1/2 hours reception

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  • Vanessasaurus
    VIP June 2019
    Vanessasaurus ·
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    We are doing 4+1 so technically over the average of 4.5!
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  • FutureMrsDeVito
    Dedicated November 2018
    FutureMrsDeVito ·
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    Ours is cocktail hour plus 4 hour reception .
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  • R
    Just Said Yes May 2019
    Rashonda ·
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    We're spot on with this one

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  • Andrea
    Master January 2021
    Andrea ·
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    Reception at 6pm, ending at 1am. 8 hours! We have partying families!

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  • FutureMrsN14
    Super July 2018
    FutureMrsN14 ·
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    Ours was 5! (1 hour cocktail and 4 hour reception)
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  • Kenisha
    Champion June 2019
    Kenisha ·
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    UNDER.

    11AM-3PM

    I’m excited now that it’s getting closer and closer.
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  • A
    Beginner April 2020
    Abigail ·
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    Under, only doing a 3 hour reception because my venue has a 10 closing time and noise ordinance.
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  • M
    Just Said Yes September 2019
    Michelle ·
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    Hopefully over! I want people to dance all night long ;-) but just a little over - i think 5 hours, including dinner, etc.

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