(Closed) Baffling timeline troubles. Any logistical geniuses out there??

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Which option would be better? Why?
    Option #1 : (2 votes)
    67 %
    Option #2 : (1 votes)
    33 %
    Other, please say what and why in the comments! : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    13015 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    what about cutting the cake before dinner, having it cut in the back, and served at the same time as the champagne?  

    Post # 4
    7219 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @TwoStatesBride:  So the 15 minutes is for you to do the whole “cut & feed” thing quickly, then the staff cuts the cake for the guests, right?

    Can you do the cut & feed photo op and then go right into the first dance/parent dances? It would be just about 15 minutes total.

    Post # 5
    581 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    What about doing option #1, but having your first dance immediately following the cake cutting, so that it’s served just after that? 

    Post # 9
    2376 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Option 1 makes the most sense.  I don’t think you’re going to get that 15 minute break that you’re worried about anyway.  Even if you do, YOU don’t need to be entertaining people for the entire time.  Nothing annoys me more at a reception than having conversation being constantly interrupted.  People are totally happy to eat and talk to friends for 15 minutes.

    I’d be concerned about your photographer break time though.  You said photographerS plural, so that would indicate that you do not need a break in the photography.  One eats, the other keeps clicking.  If you only have one photographer, then use the break time wisely.  No one cares about pics of people eating.  They DO care about pics of the speeches.

    Post # 10
    581 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @TwoStatesBride:  People will always sit for cake, I don’t think you’ll have to corral them.


    Post # 11
    187 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    In my circle of wedding friends, the cake cutting is either followed by, or in the middle of dancing.  People being up and around don’t seem to have any trouble getting cake.  Unless there is a reason you want people seated back at their own tables for cake, I’d do cake cutting, then first dance, etc.  Servers will pass around cake to anyone with empty hands that wants some.

    Post # 12
    1427 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Go with Option #1 is my suggestion. I scheduled a 5 minute cake cutting and we had “downtime’ in the schedule.

    Reality was that it took so darned long to take the ribbon off and “pose” for all the pictures and then cut the cake, that it took up all of our downtime.

    Serve the champagne prior to the toast and have the servers go around refilling the glasses as they serve the cake. 🙂


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