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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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  • Maren
    Champion October 2021
    Maren ·
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    That's great, Jess! How awesome, your wedding day will be here before you know it and we are so excited for you too! Smiley heart

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  • Malwen107
    VIP October 2018
    Malwen107 ·
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    Ours will be about this exact time hahaha. Meal served at like 12:20, then last dance at 4:50!

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  • Mmssecrets
    Devoted March 2019
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    Don't know yet but I think I will be pooped after 4 hours so probably.
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  • Brandi
    Dedicated May 2019
    Brandi ·
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    Over. We have the venue all night so who knows how long it will go on!
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  • Maren
    Champion October 2021
    Maren ·
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    Hi Brandi! Good deal! That's super exciting, the party never has to stop! You and your guests can dance the night away. Smiley love Out of curiosity, what kind of venue is your reception taking place at?

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  • Hannah
    Devoted July 2019
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    It'll be just at 4.5 or an hour less.

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  • NymphPoet
    Devoted October 2018
    NymphPoet ·
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    Between 5-6 hours but we're having a small party of 20 people at a cabin (catered of course!)

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  • Maren
    Champion October 2021
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    Hi NymphPoet! That sounds great!

    Your intimate cabin venue sounds lovely too! Are you somewhere in the mountains? And will your ceremony be there as well?

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  • Brenda
    Devoted May 2018
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    Over. It was a 4 hour reception and I was expecting a 1.5 hour cocktail hour but it ended up being closer to 2 hours. I didn’t care because that time flew for me but I’m sure my guests were expecting something shorter.
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  • Kenisha
    Champion June 2019
    Kenisha ·
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    UNDER.

    Ours will be 4 hours.
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  • Maren
    Champion October 2021
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    That's great, Brenda! I bet your longer cocktail hour was really fun, though, getting to mingle and chat prior to the reception. Smiley heart

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  • C
    Dedicated September 2019
    charley ·
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    Bang on or slightly over.

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  • Taylor
    Devoted May 2019
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    Ours is exactly 4.5 hours Smiley smile

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  • Martika
    Expert September 2019
    Martika ·
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    I'm trying to get my timeline nailed down. I am having a Friday wedding. Ceremony and reception at the same place. We can't get into the venue until 1:00pm on Friday. I am thinking my reception will last about 4 hours.

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  • FutureMrsB
    Expert March 2019
    FutureMrsB ·
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    Under - we have 4.5 hours to execute the entire wedding. Ceremony >> reception.

    I am hoping the ceremony is around 15 minutes long.. We will be doing a first look as bride & groom and getting the bridal party pictures knocked out so that once the ceremony is over we just have family pictures and then we are done! Smiley smile

    Good part about that too is that we arent having a cocktail hour either so guests will be waiting around for MAYBE 20 minutes after the ceremony!

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  • Maren
    Champion October 2021
    Maren ·
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    That's great, Martika! Sounds like a great plan, so far! Smiley heart

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  • Britt Brat
    Expert May 2019
    Britt Brat ·
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    5 hours total (includes cocktail hour).

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  • Angerra
    VIP August 2019
    Angerra ·
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    5 hours; 1hr cocktail hour and 4hr reception
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  • Maren
    Champion October 2021
    Maren ·
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    That's great, Angerra! Do you know yet what you will be serving at your cocktail hour?

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  • Angerra
    VIP August 2019
    Angerra ·
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    Our venue has told us they'll be throwing in a ton of passed hor d'oeuvres for us and a fruit/cheese table during cocktail hour so our guests will have plenty of food to soak up the drinks since we'll be having an open bar during the entire reception! Haha
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