Adrianna
Just Said Yes August 2019

Reception too long?

Adrianna, on May 18, 2019 at 12:33 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 13
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I’m having a 6 hour reception and now thinking it’s too long. It’s from 6- midnight, includes a cocktail hour. Do you think 4 hours of dancing is too long? Any ideas how to fill the time so people don’t get bored?

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  • Sonya
    Dedicated November 2020
    Sonya ·
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    I think that amount of time is normal.. Almost all of the weddings I have been to have been around 6 hours...
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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
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    After cocktail hour and I’m assuming one hour for dinner, do you have any other activities? Special dances? Cake cutting? Speeches? I don’t think a 5 hour reception is terribly long, although most weddings I’ve been to have had a 4 hour reception.
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  • Shay
    Expert February 2020
    Shay ·
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    Nope six hours is the normal time frame for a reception.. If it’s jamming it may go over the six hours.
    *When people get tired they know how to part ways-
    Happy Planning 🍷
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  • Adrianna
    Just Said Yes August 2019
    Adrianna ·
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    Yeah we’ll have cake cutting, speeches, father daughter and mother son dances. Still deciding on bouquet and garter toss. And thinking about that bride and groom shoe game thing too.
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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
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    That should take up a significant amount of time. I wouldn't worry about the length as long as you're okay with people starting to leave early. Midnight is pretty late, especially if you have older guests or people with young kids.

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    Expert October 2019
    Sara ·
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    I think that’s pretty good! Ours is 5.5 hrs but that includes a 15-20 minute ceremony, cocktail hr, speeches, dinner, and dancing. You might see some people start to leave around the last hour (and likely earlier if you’re inviting children too), but I think that’s a good amount of time! I’ve been to a wedding that was about 4 hours and it felt way too short. Once you start dancing time will fly by.
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  • VIP September 2019
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    That is perfect amount of time you would be surprised how fast it goes and never a boring moment. People can dance or just talk and catch up.
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  • Nykole
    Expert October 2019
    Nykole ·
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    I think that's just the right amount of time honestly. Our reception (including cocktail hour) is from 6-11pm. We can keep the party going until midnight if we'd like to though. Smiley smile


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  • Krystin
    Expert October 2019
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    Our's is about the same! We have a lot of dancers and alcohol so the time will FLY.

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  • Molly
    Expert November 2020
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    Mine is four hours. Plus one hour for cocktail. With one hour for ceremony. So a total of 6 hrs. 4 to 10pm
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    Expert July 2019
    Natalie ·
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    I think that’s a good time our reception will be a similar time to yours. The last wedding I attended was around had a 5 hour reception and they didn’t do any special dances or games. They did a cake cutting, a slide show and speeches (it was whoever wants to make a speech you are able to) which took up so much time! I think I sat at my table the whole time and the only thing that made it fun was my dorky family there we talked and laughed the whole time! But if I were attending with a friend or something it would have been so awkward and boring.
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  • Future Mrs. A 💍
    Devoted October 2020
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    6 hours will fly by so quick. My reception was originally 5 hours and I added on an extra hour
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  • Tori
    Dedicated May 2020
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    Hello Sara, I have the same amount of time (5.5 hours) for my wedding, cocktail hr, and reception and I was worried that it isn't going to be enough time. How was your experience with 5.5 hours for everything? Did you feel like you needed more time for the reception?

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