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Nicole
Savvy October 2020

Reception end time too early ?

Nicole, on October 11, 2019 at 1:35 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 29
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So FH & I found a venue we like & within our price range but the only downfall is the time. They close at 9pm on a Saturday so we have to be out by then!!! It's a brewery so with the price we are paying for we do get unlimited beer for 3 hours I can also add up to 2 hours for an additional cost. My whole thing is , is 9 pm to early to end ??? We are getting married next year in October of 2020 & I want it outside but it is open covered with heaters... because winter just came out of nowhere here in texas so I am a little bit worried.

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Latest activity by Sexypoodle, on October 13, 2019 at 12:07 PM
  • V
    Master July 2019
    Veronica ·
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    Pur reception ended at 10 then we went to a bar for an after party. Would you want to have an after party?
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  • Anna
    Super August 2020
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    This is a "know your crowd" thing and also depends on your priorities: were you hoping for people to dance the night away? I think that's less likely to happen with this timeline. If it's more of a cocktail hour + dinner kind of evening then it's perfectly fine. Just make it clear on your invite/website as people will assume it goes later.

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  • Megan
    Super October 2020
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    I don’t think it’s too early. Our reception is ending at 9 pm (we’re November of next year) and we’re hosting an after party at a brewery down the street for those who want to party later.
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  • Amber
    Master February 2020
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    To me it isn't too early. We're having a Sunday wedding and ending at 8, but even if we were to have a Saturday wedding, I doubt we'd ended any later than 9 or 10. We're not the "all-night party" type lol. I agree with Anna that this is really a "know your crowd" situation and will also depend on what time you have your ceremony.

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  • Megan
    Super October 2020
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    Totally agree w/ this. In our case, many in our crowd will be happy with an after party because our end time is too early, but there are definitely some who are happy that it’s ending at 9 (my mother lol).
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  • Nicole
    Savvy October 2020
    Nicole ·
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    My sister did offer to host our after party at her house but its about 45mins away from the venue & we are thinking of just going to a bar afterward but we arent sure.


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  • Kari
    VIP May 2020
    Kari ·
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    I know fall/winter weddings tend to start and end earlier so since you are getting married in October I think it can still work to end at that time. It really depends on how early you start and what you want the day to look like. For an earlier ceremony followed by cocktails and dinner this would be fine. If you are planning on a lot of dancing or have a large number of guests and want to be able to connect with them then it may seem a bit rushed to end so early.

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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
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    Our wedding ended at 11, we have a big drinking/dance/partying crowd. Plus our venue was in a rural area so it's not like we could easily do an after party at a local bar because it was a 30 minute drive. I've been to two weddings that ended earlier, one ended at 8 and one ended at 7 so I don't think it's too bad.

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  • Nicole
    Savvy October 2020
    Nicole ·
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    Yes my mother is like that's a perfect time. half of my wedding party is fine with it the other half isn't..

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  • Megan
    Super October 2020
    Megan ·
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    It’s about what you and your FH want! And if it’s in your budget! Going out to a bar afterward sounds like a really fun time! And those who don’t want to attend don’t have to. That’s the joy of an after party.
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  • Elaine
    Savvy October 2020
    Elaine ·
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    9pm shouldn’t be too bad. And it’s great you can extend it at a price so since you have time maybe talk it over with friends and family. They might surprise you and chip in to extend it a little bit!
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  • Nicole
    Savvy October 2020
    Nicole ·
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    THANK YOU ALL FOR THE COMMENTS YOU GUYS RELIEVED A BIT OF MY WEDDING STRESS.... Smiley shame

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  • Anna
    Super August 2020
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    As I guest, I would be perfectly happy to head to the bar with you afterwards. Honestly, sounds fun.

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  • V
    Master July 2019
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    It worked out well for us. We told everyone about the after party and then they decided for themselves if they wanted to attend. We were going go to the bar across the street from the venue, but they wouldn't let us in because our IDs were back at the venue so we left that bar and when to the bar at our venue. We didn't realize our venue had a separate bar when we originally picked the bar to have the after party at or we would have just had it at our venue's bar to begin with. It was also great because our venue was a hotel so we didn't have to worry about people drinking and driving.
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  • Melle
    Rockstar June 2019
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    I think that's fine Smiley smile
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  • Renay
    Devoted April 2020
    Renay ·
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    I think its fine! We are doing our ceremony at 2:30 and plan on leaving the reception by 8 or 9 (at the latest) because we are driving an hour and a half or so to the hotel close to the airport we will be flying out of at 8am the next morning.

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  • Katie
    Super November 2019
    Katie ·
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    I am also a Texas Bride and my wedding is next month and outside so this sudden cold has thrown me. Our reception is ending at 9PM but we are having at 21+ "Extended Reception" at the location most of us will be spending the night.
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  • Yoice
    VIP March 2019
    Yoice ·
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    I think is fine as long as you’re ok with an early wedding since you’ll have just about the same time as the rest just finish early. You can always have a plan for after party.
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  • Blair
    Super October 2020
    Blair ·
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    It may sound bad but I actually hoping my guest leave around the 9 o'clock hour. I have to be out of my venue by midnight and have it clean.

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  • Taylor
    VIP October 2020
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    I am a Texas bride as well, getting married 10/10/20! Our wedding will end around 10:30 and then we're going to a bar. I think you're totally fine with ending at 9:00!!! It's nobody's business what y'all choose to do. People don't realize how expensive each additional hour of a wedding costs! In our case, the venue, security, DJ, and bartenders would all be additional charges for extended time. The photographer would also need to be extended in order to get a photo of the grand exit... That all adds up. You do you, girl! If people want to continue the party they can do so at a barSmiley smile

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