(Closed) Squeezing our wedding into 6 hours…eek.

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

The only thing i notice is 45 mins for dinner? That’s not very long?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@wwbga:  +1. That woukd only make sense if you’re serving just a plated main meal. My 4 course dinner went for 3 hours so 45 minutes for each course. If it’s a buffet, you should leave atleast an hour?

Post # 5
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Worker bee

I disagree, 45 minutes sounds like a great amount of time for dinner AND it’s not like you’re going to rip the plates away as soon as “times up”. You can have your guests still finish up while you move on.

One thing I am going to do is cut my cake and then serve dinner. We are doing a buffet so this way my guests will be paying attention and I will get to have this cake cutting memory but my guests can eat and get dessert at their own pace. I hate being rushed but I hate more having to sit for hours for food that is usually luke warm at best when I get it. 

I think you’re timelime looks fabulous! 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think it looks good. People can finish meals during toasts and cake cutting, get cake, and go dance right away. I think that your timeline looks great and you won’t have a ton of people leaving early because you have a four hour dance party, etc

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Seems to me that the allotted time for cocktails is very rushed. Your ceremony ends at 5:30 and dinner is scheduled to start at 6… is there a point for cocktails? Unless it’s just a bar? (‘Cocktail hour’ in my area suggests beverages + apps).

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

If you have a smallish wedding I think 45 mins is okay. My wedding had 56 guests (including the wedding party) and 45 mins to an hour was long enough.  Everyone got served in a short time so a longer dinner time was uneccessary.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

Can you move your ceremony forward a little. 

Our guests arrive 4pm and our  ceremony is 4.15. No photos as these are done before. We are doing a mock cake cutting before our dinner, and for photos. That might give you more time.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think it sounds fine! My friend had an afternoon wedding that went on long, and most of the guests left before the bride and groom did. I think a little bit of dancing is fine, but I think when it goes on for hours and hours, people start to get tired and don’t know what to do with themselves. 

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