How long did your reception last?
I am trying to figure out our schedule. I thought I had it all down but then found out we will only have 9 hours at our venue from the time our first vendor arrives. This really causes problems because we are suppose to have our photos taken prior to the ceremony. Our photographer said to allow 3 hours. So my bridal party will have to arrive at the venue to get ready at least 3 hours prior to that with our hair and makeup artist. If our wedding starts at 5 pm, our photos will need to start around 2 and my bridal party will need to arrive by 11 am. From 11-5 is already 6 hours.
How long is a typical reception from start to finish? We have fireworks scheduled at 1130 pm as the finale to our reception. But again from our arrival time at 11 am to 1130 pm is 12 1/2 hours. My DJ, lighting company and caterer will all have to arrive at least two hours prior to the start of our ceremony as well.
How long was your ceremony? Then how long was your reception? We are not having a cocktail hour. We are going from the ceremony straight into the reception.