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Too short of a reception?

Natalie, on April 16, 2020 at 1:35 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 10

Hi Brides! We are getting married next year at a Resort in Key West. Their packages are for 4-hours, and must conclude by 11:00PM. 4-Hour Package (for open bar) begins at Cocktail Hour.

Ceremony - 6:30PM-7:00PM

Cocktail Hour - 7:00PM-8:00PM (sunset at 7:45P)

Reception - 8:00PM-11:00PM

Assuming the first hour of reception will be for dinner/toasts, that leaves 2 hours for dancing. Is this enough time traditionally?

We're only expecting around 60-Guests, Plated Food - in hopes that it'll be less dinner time than a buffet. Key West is a party town, so we're giving the option of an after-party on Duval Street (small strip of dancing clubs & bars) in case guests want to keep the party going.



Latest activity by Leslie, on April 17, 2020 at 1:07 AM
  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    3 hours is kind of short for a reception typically but two hours of dancing is plenty of time

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  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
    Kelly ·
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    2 hours of dancing is plenty but I would disagree with a plated dinner being quicker than buffet. It wasn’t for us but I would ask your venue and/or caterer for specifics on how long dinner will take in their experience.
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  • Gen
    Champion June 2019
    Gen ·
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    It’s a little short, but fine especially if you’re planning an after party. Dinner probably also won’t take a full hour with only 60 guests. My reception was 3.5 hours.
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  • Jana
    Master October 2022
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    2 hrs is not alot of time for dancing. Many people don't do after parties since that what guests typically expect the reception to encompass. You know what works for you. Do you want a short reception or do you want it longer? Only you can decide. If everyone is traveling, get as much time in as you can.
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  • yung_coconut
    Dedicated October 2019
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    I think 2 hours of dancing is perfect for 60 guests, especially if you're in a fun area and can do an afterparty. But I agree with Kelly about checking to see if a plated dinner is quicker than a buffet. We did a buffet and the lines went pretty quickly, and people didn't feel weird about waiting for everyone else to get their food before they started eating so that sped things up too.

    We had 55 guests and our reception was 4 hours. That was a good amount of time because after 2 hours of dancing, the some of the older crowd started heading out and our friends stuck around until the very end. We also had a 30-minute ceremony, a 1-hr cocktail hour, and then 4 hours to do dinner and dancing.

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  • Meghan
    Master October 2019
    Meghan ·
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    2 hours is pretty short. I am not sure that you will get dinner served and finished in 1 hour. We did a plated dinner and it took much longer than 1 hour. Can you add an additional hour onto your reception? If I was a guest traveling from out of town, I would want a little longer at the reception, regardless of if there was an after party being offered.

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  • Molly
    VIP September 2020
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    If you do an after party i don't think it is to short. I recently went to a wedding that only had 60 guests and 2 hours of dancing. The couple ended up paying for an extra hour and it still felt kinda short because everyone was having such a good time.

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  • Chasity
    Dedicated August 2020
    Chasity ·
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    2 hours is plenty of time to turn up on the dance floor. We are having 150 guest for dinner and our venue told us to reserve 75 minutes for dinner so I think you’ll have plenty of time to celebrate. Key West sounds amazing for a wedding. Good luck ❤️
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  • Rebecca
    Master August 2019
    Rebecca ·
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    That feels a little short, but you also have a smaller group, so it shouldn't be too bad. Will most of your crowd go to the afterparty?

    If yes, then you should be ok, but if no, you might want to talk to the venue about extensions, or how long the dinner will usually take.

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  • L
    Super October 2020
    Leslie ·
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    Depending on how long your ceremony is and photos before or after, you could potentially do some toast during cocktail hour to give more time for dinner and dancing. Sounds fun.

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