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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

  • D
    Beginner December 2018
    Danielle ·
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    Under. We are having a 3 hour reception.
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  • Lisa
    Dedicated December 2018
    Lisa ·
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    Over 4.5 hours

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  • T
    Just Said Yes November 2018
    Tina ·
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    Including cocktail it will total up to 5 hours so far, getting some pressure to extend so we might extend it to 6 hours.

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  • C
    Beginner December 2018
    Cara ·
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    We’re looming about 5ish but haven’t set official times yet
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  • Kelci
    Super June 2019
    Kelci ·
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    Ours wills be 5 hours including cocktail hour.
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  • Ingrid
    Super September 2018
    Ingrid ·
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    Under! We did the minimum amount of hours for our venue to save money, so our reception is 3 hours. That’s about how long it takes me to get too tired anyway!
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  • Colleen
    Master September 2019
    Colleen ·
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    4 hours we got a good DJ for four hours and photographer for 5 hours. I think we may do drinks after for family and bridal party but we will see.
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  • Summerbride77
    VIP July 2019
    Summerbride77 ·
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    6:30 to 11, so right at the 4.5 hour mark

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  • J
    Beginner December 2018
    Jessie ·
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    4 hours Smiley smile

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  • Alesha
    Just Said Yes November 2018
    Alesha ·
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    Under, only 4 hours.
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  • Lynnie
    WeddingWire Administrator October 2016
    Lynnie ·
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    We were right on the money!! We had a one hour cocktail hour and a four hour reception!


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  • Nelly
    Devoted August 2018
    Nelly ·
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    Ours was scheduled for four hours. 11am to 3pm, but the crowd ended up dispersing about 2:20pm to 2:30pm, which we were okay with because we had to have everything packed up and out of the venue by 3:30pm, DJ included!

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  • Jess
    Super September 2019
    Jess ·
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    Over! If cocktail hour is included we will have a 6 hour reception, if not then 5 hour with a 30 min ceremony before cocktail hour. So with everything included our wedding will be 6 1/2 hours long! Smiley smile

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  • Maren
    Champion October 2021
    Maren ·
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    Hi Jess! That sounds great! Smiley heart Are you serving a special signature drink during your cocktail hour? Or any of you and your fiancé's favorite foods at your reception?

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  • Katie
    Savvy August 2019
    Katie ·
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    The more dancing, the better Smiley smile

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  • Gabrielle
    Dedicated August 2019
    Gabrielle ·
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    Way under, we are just doing dinner. Then, outside movie night in park.
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  • Danielle K
    VIP June 2019
    Danielle K ·
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    Over. As of right now our timeline is looking loosely like:

    ceremony is 4:30-5
    And recetion pretty much right after until 11
    We arent really having a cocktail hour but the bar, popcorn bar, and recetion room will all open at 5 so guests can snack, grab a drink, and get seated when they get through the recieving line while waiting for the rest to finish.
    Dinner will start at about 5:35ish
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  • Maren
    Champion October 2021
    Maren ·
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    Couldn't agree more Smiley smile Smiley heart

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  • Jess
    Super September 2019
    Jess ·
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    Yes we are each having a signature drink that will be available for the whole night! And our favorite food as a couple is pasta so that is definitely an option at our buffet dinner! 376 days away! So excited! 💕🎉
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  • A
    Dedicated October 2018
    Amy ·
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    We are having our wedding and reception at same place. We are also doing non-traditional with doing all of our photos before the wedding. So wedding is at 4 and going right into reception. We have our venue as long as we like. So we will probably be around 6hrs, more if people stay and party longer.
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