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Your wedding can and should be a dusk-til-dawn party if you so desire, but some guests simply don't have the stamina for an all-nighter. But what is the best manner of telling weary guests they can take their leave whenever they wish? Our etiquette experts weigh in on the issue.
The impulse to be sympathetic to your guests' needs will be beneficial for both night owls and those bidding adieu early in the night. Guests who wish to retire early should feel welcome to exit whenever they desire. Try clarifying your guests' options on both your wedding invitations and on the big day itself so attendees feel comfortable making their departures when they feel ready.
On your invitations, include a line about your intention to keep your reception rocking until the wee hours of the morning with the aid of anyone who wishes to stay late into the night, but emphasize that there is no pressure for guests to stay beyond their bedtime. A blurb such as "We would love the pleasure of your company as we celebrate our union late into the evening, whether you choose to stay for one hour or five" will give your guests the option to exit at any point during the evening. In addition, make it simple for your guests to slip out by providing favors at each table or by the exit, as well as encouraging attendees to sign a guest book if they decide to slip out before the party winds to a close.