How long do you think the average reception lasts?

Just wondering.....

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 6:45 am
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davidslilprncs
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I would say 5 1/2 hours.

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 7:10 am
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wow, thats long, I was hoping u would say 2, lol.

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 8:00 am
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Really, I keep thinking it's not long enough.  I guess that would be the average if you are having a reception at a banquet hall.

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 8:09 am
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I think the standard/average is acutally 4 to 5 hours. 

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 8:10 am
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i agree with DansMrs..4-5 is typical:)

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 8:28 am
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Yeah its usually about 4 to 5 hours long.  I wish it was longer!!

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 8:28 am
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Yep usually 4-5 hours. Even when you do bookings they usually block about 4 hours for the reception on average.

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 8:32 am
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I think it depends on how many "partiers" you have on your guest list.  Our reception with cocktail hour included lasted 4 hours and then all of the "younger" crowd (ages 21-35ish) got on a trolley and went to uptown Charlotte where they kept on partying until 2 a.m.  


I definitely wish our reception had been about 30 mins - 1 hour longer though.  It seemed so short!

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 9:02 am
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I was hoping for 2 hours too. I think ours will be rather short lol

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 9:10 am
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4-5 is def typical... ours was long, dinner started at 5:30, dance ended at 12!! :)

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 9:17 am
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ours was 3.since our wedding started at 5..reception at 7..end at 11-12am

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 9:22 am
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I agree 4 to 5 hours.
Posted on April 23, 2012 at 9:27 am
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Ours is 4 hours, we can chop it up how we like, we were going to use 45 minutes for cocktail time and then move into reception. The venue will let us have an extra hour if needed at $500. We may keep it going depending on the crowd. But we may not since we are having service on Sunday morning.
Posted on April 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm
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2 hours can be a nice reception, especially if it's during the day.  I have been to lovely two hour receptions.


If the wedding is at night though, the reception usually lasts longer.  We had a reception jam-packed with activity, and I think ours was about 4 hours long (would you count cocktail hour in there?  then it was definitely 5). 


I was with a friend this weekend who complained of a seven hour reception.  That's too much.

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm
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Yeah, 4 or 5 hours is pretty average. However, if you want a shorter reception there is no reason you cant!

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 5:22 pm
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We are doing 4 & that will be plenty of time
Posted on April 24, 2012 at 5:39 pm
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Our was about 4.5 hours with an after party.  LOL

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 12:16 am
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I had a DW, and our reception was just over 2 hours, not including dinner. We did the ceremony, had dinner, and then 2 hours of dancing. Then we all went out.

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 2:17 am
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Mine is going to be 3 hours. I think thats enough for me.

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 3:30 am
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Mine is 6 lol. It's definitely long, but for us it will be about 5ish because we won't be there for cocktail hour. I guess it's really long now that I am seeing others' responses haha. Eek!

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 3:48 am
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