I'm just home from my first American wedding in the states and am a little bummed.Don't get me wrong it was beautiful and the bride looked stunning but it was so short. I'm more used to Irish weddings which generally last all night and start up again in a different venue the following day and then the next day just close friends and family or whoever is still alive. Whereas at this wedding come 11.30 people were going home and I was like wtf? I suppose its just that it cost so much to go and cost the couple a bucket load too just for a few hours, it seemed ridiculous to me. How long does you're average wedding last, from ceremony to reception? What time do you go home/finish up
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Weddings in my country (Argentina) are during the night, and they end up at 6-7-8 AM, depending on who's left standing. It's a phased thing. It goes like this (this is just how my wedding was, very traditional)
1. The wedding ceremony (church / temple / whatever): you start with a ceremony that can range from 30 minutes to one 1/2 hour. Mine was something like 30.
2. You then spend an extra 30 minutes greeting everyone that came to see the ceremony.
3. Then everyone goes to the venue. It's quite normal to get married on a church / temple you like and then go to the actual place where you'll party. In the meantime, the newly weds go take some pictures with the photographer you hire.
4. One hour after that you get to the place where the reception has been going on. It's rather normal to have first a reception and then the party @ the same place. Receptions are cool specially when there's an open bar. People starts drinking, eating, socializing.
5. The newlyweds are "presented" to the "partiers" and have an introductory dance. My wife and I danced Sinatra + Bono, it was nice ;-) and then the Waltz. Then you go and greet everyone for a second time.
6. A short dance session opens for another 30-45 minutes, just the music you choose.
7. Then people sits downs at their appointed tables and a short video on the lives of the couples is played, then sometimes the best man proposes a toast, and food starts pouring. Only the first plates come in (not the entree). When everyone's done...guess what? more dancing!
8. Another hour of dancing. Then you sit down again and eat the entree + dessert., which usually takes up to 2 hours or more depending on the size of the wedding and how many tables you have there. When everyone's done...yep, let's move again!
9. Another solid hour of dancing...and then the cakes + "sweet table" come in (that's a table filled with cakes and stuff like that). That's the moment when the bride + groom "cut" the wedding cake. Another half hour or so of people eating.
10. At this point, my wife threw her bouquet to the hungry single ladies. Then a band came up, they played for something like 45 minutes and then we just danced for the remainder of the night. You can dance the waltz here too if you haven't before, which is a nice way of opening the "final dance", which takes like 2-3 hours. We have a "carnaval" in the middle where everyone uses hats and stuff to make it even more funny.
11. At around 6 am a nice breakfast is served to all who endured that much...and then everyone goes home. Ours was up to 7 am, and I then drove to the hotel we were staying at...couldn't feel my feet actually :P0
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