There are a few reasons why a couple might choose to have a 4 ½ or 2 ½ -hour Entrance to Exit wedding.


  • Budget: Weddings can be expensive, and a shorter event can help to save money on things like venue rental, food, and alcohol.


  • Venue availability: Some venues have limited availability, and a couple might only be able to get a  4 ½  or 2 ½ -hour slot.


  • Personal preference: Some couples simply don’t want a long wedding day. They might prefer to have a more intimate event with their closest loved ones.

If you’re considering a 4 ½ or 2 ½ – hour wedding, there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind.




Here are some tips for planning an intimate wedding:

  • Keep your ceremony short and sweet. A 30-minute ceremony is plenty of time to exchange vows and say, “I do.”
  • Make sure your guests know what to expect. Let them know that the event will be shorter than traditional weddings, and that they should plan accordingly.
  • Plan a tight timeline. You’ll need to make sure that everything runs smoothly to fit everything into 4 ½ or 2 ½  hours.
  • Don’t have to serve a full dinner. Serve finger foods and appetizers, only do champagne, toast, and cake, cupcakes, pies, donuts, small cakes or assortment dessert table.
  • Focus on the essentials. Don’t try to cram too much into your wedding day. Focus on the things that are most important to you and your partner.
  • End your reception on a high note. This could mean having an amazing exit, or a live band playing your favorite songs.
  • Lastly, the night may not end.  We have couples that will move to another location backyard party, Chicken-n-Pickle, private dinner at their favorite restaurant or head out for the honeymoon.

With careful planning, a 4 ½ or 2 1/2-hour wedding and reception can be a fun and memorable event for everyone involved.

We would love to host your small-intimate wedding right here at 75th Street Events.


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