(Closed) How long is Dinner??

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: How long is dinner?
    45 mins : (5 votes)
    28 %
    1 hr : (6 votes)
    33 %
    1 hr 15 mins : (4 votes)
    22 %
    1 hr 30mins : (3 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    We’re allowing for about an hour to an hour and fifteen for dinner but we are going to have a slight cushion either way in case we’re wrong.

    Post # 4
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    232 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I’m budgeting about an hour right now, but I guess it really depends. It doesn’t take me that long to eat, but I don’t want to rush anyone else. I also want to make sure we have enough time for dancing.

    Post # 5
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    566 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I think it depends on the number of people.  More people = longer time to serve.

    Post # 7
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    1675 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Mine is considerably longer. Our dinner is four courses and we are having speeches between courses.

    Here’s my dinner/speech timeline to give you an idea:

    6:00 p.m. – Andrea and Paul to welcome guests into the dining room

    6:15 p.m. – Wedding party introduced by DJ

    6:17 p.m. – Andrea and Paul introduced by DJ

    6:20 p.m. MCs introduce themselves. Explain kissing game (TBD).

    6:20 p.m. Soup course is served

    6:25 p.m. MCs introduce individual (TBD) who will say grace

    6:26 p.m. Grace

    6:40 p.m. Soup course cleared

    6:40 p.m. MCs Brief monologue as segue. Introduce Best Man to speak

    6:42 p.m. – 6:47 p.m. Best Man speech

    6:47 p.m. Salad course served

    7:00 p.m. – Salad course clearned

    7:00 p.m. – MCs introduce Matron of Honour to speak

    7:02 p.m. – 7:07 p.m.  Matron of Honour speech

    7:07p.m. – Main course served

    7:30 p.m. – Main Course cleared

    7:30 p.m. – MCs introduce Sister of the Groom to speak

    7:32 p.m. – 7:37 p.m.  Sister of the Groom speech

    7:37 p.m. – Coffee and Tea service

    7:45 p.m. – MCs introduce Mother of the Bride to speak

    7:47 p.m. – 7:57 p.m. – Mother of the Bride speech

    8:00 p.m. – Dessert served

    8:02 p.m. – MCs introduce Father of the Bride to speech

    8:04 p.m. to 8:14 p.m. – Father of the Bride speech

    8:15 p.m. – MCs introduce Bride and Groom to speak

    8:20 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Bride and Groom speeches.

    8:35 p.m. – MCs invite guests back into the Great Hall for slideshow and first dances.

    Post # 8
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    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I think it depends on how many guests you have and how dinner is being served. We only had 70 people and our buffet had two double sided stations. People got their food in a matter of minutes and immediately got to start eating. So, dinner for us was only about 45 mins. But I have been to big weddings with buffets that weren’t double sided that took forevvvvvvvver to get served, so you’d want to allow extra time for that. We played our timeline by ear, and since our MC was one of our best friends and sitting at our dinner table, we got to clue him in as to when to do specific events.

    Post # 9
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    566 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I think an hour and a half would be a fair estimate.  Some people enjoy themselves and talk a lot, so they eat slowly.

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