Post # 1
I could use some input as to whether or not you all think I’m going overboard with food. I’m also concerned that if I keep bringing out more food, I’ll be interrupting the party too much and it’s really important to me to see everyone having fun and dancing until midnight (that’s when we have the venue until).
Our dinner will be at 6pm
The Cake will be served around 7:30
A dessert table with assorted mini-desserts will come out around 9pm
Now I am throwing around the idea of having late night appetizers too.
Is this too much food? Will the dessert table and appetizers break up the party too much? If you did the appetizers, what time would you bring them out considering the venue shuts down at midnight (the hotel bar is open until 2am)? I want all my guests to be happy, but I don’t want to overload them with more STUFF.
Post # 3
I voted other. If I knew how heavy your menu and dessert table are going to be, I would’ve been able to do a better vote. I don’t see as to why you need to offer late night apps if you are setting out a table of sweets. If you feel that there’s too much sweet going on, add some pretzels and popcorn or chips for more of a bar food table. And I think by just having someone announce that there is a table set up full of goodies and people can come and go as they please I don’t see an interuption in the party.
Post # 4
i don’t think it’s too much, but it depends on what type of food your serving and how much. if it’s going to be a lot of heavier food, then it might be a bit much in such a short amount of time.
if i were to cut something, it would be the dessert table. i like the idea of having late night snacks available. we served popcorn at our wedding reception and it was a big hit. i believe we brought it out around 10:00 and our reception ended around midnight. maybe you could combine the dessert table and appetizer table into one and just have a little bit of everything.
and i wouldn’t worry about it breaking up the party. everyone will probably just help themselves as they please and then go back to the dance floor.
Post # 5
I voted other. I just think you are taking a big risk having the cake so early in the evening. Informally, many people go by the “rule” that it’s rude to leave a wedding before cake is served. If you have a lot of older guests and the music is continuous and loud without breaks after cake, I promise you will lose a ton of people. I’ve heard that some people actually do this intentionally to lose the older people, which Is horrible. Most affairs I’ve been to do dinner first, then dancing before and after the cake.
Nothing wrong with the amount of food, but I question the timing.
Post # 6
We have a candy/dessert table and doing late night snacks (four types of sliders) as well, served last hour of the reception. Our dessert table will already be set up and stationary after dinner and the late night food will be tray passed. It depends on your guests. For me, I know my family is used to a lot of food options available at weddings. Maybe push back cake and serve same time as desserts.
Post # 7
@arabesque: This is my suggestion, too.
Like another pp, cutting the cake = people can go home. If you push that later and bring out the other desserts at the same time, there’s one less break.
Post # 8
Thanks for the input, Bees.
I think we will still cut the cake after dinner, but wait until after the father/daughter dance and some more dancing before serving the cake and have the dessert table brought out at the same time. Just for a better flow of events
Then we’ll have the late night snack table at around 10.