Just wanted to get some advice. I went to email a dj for a quote only to realize I have no clue what time to end our reception! We have the rental until 11pm, including clean up time for all items we bring ourselves (our venue supplies tableware, furniture, and linens, so its would mainly be any decorations brought in by us). Any suggestions on what time to end the reception to give enough time for clean up?
We had to be out of daughter's venue by 10:30. The things we were responsible for sound kind of like what you're anticipating for your "clean-up" -- packing personal items and getting them to the car. Daughter's DOC was responsible for packing (decor, a few gifts, the card box, remaining floral arrangements, etc.) and getting everything up to the lobby (we were on a lower level) so all FOB had to do was actually put it in the car. The last song ended at 10. It took daughter and SIL awhile to say good-bye to their friends (no exit), they and their photographer were the last in the venue (he got some gorgeous photos of them in the empty space), and we were all out of the building before 10:30. They got in the Uber to the hotel and we took the SUV full of stuff home.
I guess it depends when the reception starts. I think a good time would be five hours? My ceremony is from 2-2:30, immediately following is the cocktail hour, reception seating starts at 3:30, dinner served at 4:30, reception ends at 8:00. It’s a Sunday wedding so I didn’t want it running too late.