Can someone critique my timeline? a little worried…

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 4
Hostess
22135 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’ve been to several weddings at which dinner ended up being served around 8:30 or 9:00 due to a variety of reasons, and honestly, I’m totally fine with it. Dinners at weddings seem like they’re usually a bit on the later side, as it is, so my husband and I usually eat a snack of sorts beforehand because we know it may be a while till dinner.

I really think your guests will be fine, especially if you’re offering appetizers at 7:30 with the cocktail hour!

Post # 5
Member
1202 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’d be fine as long I knew in advance that dinner was being served at 9pm.  If you have a lot of chidlren/elderly though, be prepared for them to skip dinner altogether. 

That said, I’m a little confused that your sunset pictures start at 7pm but dinner only starts at 9.  I think you can get the photos you want within 1 hour, so where is the extra time going?  It’s not necessary for you to be present for cocktail hour, and when your start time is so late, it can be a cocktail half-hour.  Even if you can push dinner to 8:30, I think psychologically it just sounds a lot earlier.

Post # 6
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134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

As long as guests know ahead of time & are not taken by surprise on the day of, that should be fine and will adjust their day accordingly.

However, as a guest, if you were asking me to be there for a 5:30 depature, unless I knew ahead of time, I would assume that I would be eating significantly earlier than 9:00pm. I would likely end up overindulging in appetizers at cocktail hour and then not eating much dinner. (Or grumbling if appetizers were light and having to wait even longer to have dinner.)

Post # 7
Hostess
9907 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@RadiantLove:  that’s pretty late for dinner but if you’re doing passed apps it will probably be okay.

Can you have dinner earlier and leave the reception to do sunset photos?  I know people have done this.

Post # 11
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435 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@RadiantLove:  That sounds good! and chocolate is always a good plan. 🙂

Post # 12
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1627 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I try to avoid eating dinner that late, but guests will have eaten apps already. Is it possible to provude them a welcome snack as they board the first bus to the ceremony…popcorn or pretzels?

Post # 14
Member
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@RadiantLove:  I think it’s totally fine, since you’re serving some food ahead of the dinner!

Post # 15
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804 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@RadiantLove:  I would let guests know that dinner will be at 9pm because you anticipate this being unusual/a problem.  Also, can guests get themselves to your ceremony, or are the buses just a courtesey?  I would maybe include a timeline of events with the invitation.

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