My reception is 4hrs... its a great enough time to eat, meet and greet and move on to the next thing.. My wedding we have 2hrs for preparing (getting ready and pics if we choose) and then 2hrs after so for the wedding we have 4hrs total from the time we are allowed to dress to the time we have to leave the church..
Hope that helps.. I really don't think there is a time set or a "set guideline" of what must be.. My dream was to have the wedding at my home with the reception, but with over 100 people coming, that is not an option and if it was at my home, we would have made it an all never ending night LOLOL
Sounds like a lot of fun that you have planned but I think you must go with what your comfy with as well..
Edited by: JGIRL5799 at: 3/18/2013 (10:31)