(Closed) Reception planning HELP!

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Granted, your friends sound peppier than I am, but I think Midnight is too late.  Since your meal is ending so late, I’d do the cake cutting much ealier.

  Are you planning on doing toasts and special dances between courses or after the meal?  If all the toasts and special dances are over at 9:40 when then meal is over, then maybe let people dance and mingle for a bit and cut the cake at 10:30. 

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

HI,

My personal two cents would be to have the cake cutting earlier. Maybe start dinner a little early and hold some of your speeches during that time? Then have the cake cutting after? Are you doing a father/daughter dance? Maybe have the cake cutting after that? Sorry, I dont have a lot of experience with weddings but hopefully that helps =)

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

most people wait until after the cake cutting to leave. i can’t imagine your older guests wanting to stay past midnight though. i would definitely push up the cutting to around 10:30.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Some older (and non night owl) people are going to leave after the cake cutting.  The younger people will stay and dance.  After the cake cutting, your DJ can start playing more ‘dance friendly’ music and those that enjoy staying up late will have a great time!

We get up at 4am for FIs job, and so even on weekends, there is simply NO WAY that we are going to stay out past midnight.  As a wedding guest, I am always a little sad when I have to leave before the cake cutting….

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

No..don’t stress out….it’s going to be AWESOME!  You know your guests!  Most people will stay and have fun late in to the night.   I just want everyone to be able to get cake, that’s all…..Where are you having it?  (we used to live in the Springs)

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Nice.  The chapel is so lovely, and my sister used to work at the FAC (she still lives in the springs, and my FI used to work at the Broadmoor, and I bought my dress in the springs…it’s a small weddingbee world!).

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I would say that you should start the dinner earlier. Here is why and remember I dont know your guest. If i where going to a wedding that late, I would eat something before hand. Most are used to eating at 5 or 6. So I think that most of your 5 course meal that you are spending a great deal on wont be eaten and enjoyed the way that you want it to. Also in my opinion, most remember and enjoy those first dances and mingling wiith the bride and groom way more then they care about such a long strung out dinner. Now thats only my opinion and what do I know about you and your guest. But that would be my thought if I was going to have to wait til 8 to eat. So if its not set in stone I would try to move the wedding and such up. Also I would do the cake cutting with in a hour of finishing dinner. I mean you can cut it right after to get out of the way and then guest can eat as they please throug out the night and those that arent night owls or have kids to get from a sitter can enjoy the cake cutting and leave at a desent hour. Alot of people enjoy getting to see the cake cutting. LOL

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

Your reception meal sounds very extravagant.  I sure hope everyone is hungry!!  Can you start dinner earlier…like 7:00?  If that’s not possible, have you thought about cutting the cake before dinner?  This way your DJ/host is able to get the attention of all of your guests for the cutting and to be seated for the first course.  I would definitely have the speeches between courses, as your guests will be seated for a long time.  Have your first dance and then get the dancing started.  I would definitely want to have at least 3-4 hours of dancing…it’s the best and most fun part!  Good Luck!!!

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