Post # 1
I did my final timeline with the hall and it just hit me how late everything will be. I mean I knew I had picked an evening wedding but for some reason didn’t realize how late food would be!
ceremony is at 7 on a Saturday night in New York. Cocktail hour is 730-830, with a ton of food and drinks. Reception is 830-1230.
Guests are served salad and appetizer at around 845/9 pm, but then the main course isn’t until ten!! TEN PM! Then dessert/cake cutting would be at 11.
im freaking out. It’s in two weeks so I can’t chane it but what was I thinking?!? I mean they have food from 730-830, nobody will be starving, but who has dinner at ten?? What if people want to go home by then or are mad at me for making it so late! And we have a candy bar, what if they leave before it comes out at 11?? 🙁
im an idiot. Should I call and warn everyone?
Post # 2
when i did my timeline, i was told i should do salad and dinner back to back and cake cutting/dessert around 10/10:30.
they said dinner should be served no later than 9pm.
my reception was 8pm-12am.
Post # 3
Couple things I would do – have a few apps pre-ceremony. Most people will assume with an evening wedding that dinner will be later and eat beforehand, but it would be nice and keep your guests happy.
Also, if I knew as a guest that a candy bar was coming, I’d stick around. Could you have a timeline for your guests available, either on like an easel stand, or with a menu card at their plates? “Cocktail Hour X, Dinner X, Candy Bar X, Happy Ever After X.” etc.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
It’ll be fine! You want people to have food throughout the night so they can continue to drink =). Unless it’s a Sunday, most people won’t be leaving so early that they will miss dinner.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2014 - Savannah, GA
Don’t worry. It’ll be ok. At least you’re having food all throughout the night. They’ll expect a leter dinner. I’m also having a 7 pm ceremony, but we’re taking pictures before and skipping cocktail hour to get right into dinner and dancing. Don’t stress; it’s your wedding. Guests will always find something to complain about not matter how much thought you put into things.
Post # 6
Honestly for a 7 PM wedding I would eat beforehand anyway. What is going on during the hour between the salad and the main course?
Post # 7
I would be excited to go to this wedding!
Post # 8
If the guests know exactly when dinner will be served, it will be okay.
Why not skip the cocktail hour, so dinner could be served earlier? Or serve the entree and salad at the same time?
I eat late, but not usually that late!
Post # 9
I think most people should already know they will be eating late based on the ceremony and cocktail hour times. I would likely east something before coming.
Post # 10
- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
You’ll be fine. Anyway, people who get an invitation for a 7pm wedding and who can’t do the math to figure out they need to eat a late lunch? Not your problem.
Post # 11
If the salad is served at 8:45, the entrees should be served before 9:15. That’s still too late for me, but 10pm doesn’t really make any sense with your timeline. Your meal is really going to be 2+ hours if the cake isn’t even cut until 11?
Post # 12
MrsCreeToBe: It’s fine. Relax. Get married.
Post # 13
I don’t know why there’s such a big gap. If salad and appetizers are at 845/9, I don’t understand why dinner takes an hour? All were doing is a first dance, entrance and short toasts.
Post # 14
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
MrsCreeToBe: Don’t New Yorkers eat later in general anyway? It wouldn’t surprise me too much and so long as the food at the cocktail hour is heavy I would be comfortable waiting to eat dinner until 10. The only downside I see to it all is that it seems like you will be spending the night eating rather than dancing and partying. With it being on a Saturday night as a guest I would probably plan to stay until 11 or 12 depending on how good the music and dancefloor is. But I’m 30 and a lot of the older guests will probably leave before 11pm.
Post # 15
I’m normally asleep by 10pm. Lol. But by pp’s responses, you should be good!