Cutting cake – when?

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
605 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Kacie209:  I think that sounds good. My dinner started at 7 also and we did the cake cutting at 7:45ish/8ish becuase it took an around 50 minutes for everyone to finish up. After the cake cutting, we did speeches so people were eating cake and we had our speeches start.

I’ve also been to a wedding where they did the cake cutting before dinner started and it was weird. Everyone was confused, but to each their own!

Post # 4
2791 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

Most weddings i’ve been to recently have done the cake cutting immediately after the bridal party enters the reception – before dinner. (This is usually so that the caterer can cut the cake during dinner and have it ready to serve immediately.) 

  • This reply was modified 2 years ago by  amberback.
Post # 6
2428 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

This was our order:

Reception entrance

Dinner (taco cart, self serve)


Father/Daughter dance

Mother/Son dance

Bride & groom speech

Cake cutting


Post # 7
395 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

We met with the caterer yesterday and she suggested cutting it while everyone was eating so that the photog could get the pic and they would have enough time in the back to cut it. Knowing that we will eat first (Buffett) and then start visiting tables…so I’m good with that. I’m also very casual about most of it, she’s the professional and I trust her advice. If I don’t like something, she’s fine with that too. 

Post # 9
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We are doing our cake cutting later in the night. After cocktail hour and then a full buffet dinner, I just don’t see anyone having room for cake! We plan to do ours around 9:00 pm.

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