We get this question so often with new bridal clients, "how long should the reception last and how long should we book the DJ?" Thankfully for you, the answer is one and the same.
Generally speaking, the sweet spot for receptions is four hours. While this may not seem like a lot of time to you (or maybe sounds too much), it really is about the perfect amount of time to share a meal, a toast, some serious dancing, and have time for the bride and groom to make their rounds with guests and still have time to enjoy themselves. Any shorter than four hours and you risk feeling rushed or cutting out something important, and any longer and you may have guests twiddling their thumbs or worse... leaving before your grand exit!
There are, of course, some exceptions to the rule that may extend this length of time to no more than six hours. One of these exceptions is destination weddings. Often times, destination weddings are in a beautiful location with no local guests so not only is the reason they traveled to this location the wedding, but guests are usually not familiar with the local scene and want to spend their time getting to know the others who have traveled to attend.
The truth is, while many brides and grooms dream of a reception that goes no-holds-barred all night long, this is only asking for trouble. Don't believe us?
And if those points aren't enough, think of yourself! The bride and groom are going to have been awake and go-go-go since very early that morning and probably the few days leading up to the big day. You are going to be tired, sore (all the smiling, all the dancing...), and in need of some serious quiet time with your new spouse! Why prolong that sweet, sweet time to unwind by feeling the need to unnecessarily extend the party?
We promise that a four hour reception will be perfect for all you want at your reception; you just leave the party up to us. We always deliver a good time.
The Blog & Podcast
Every month we sit down and discuss topics important to our company, namely DJing and the wedding industry.