Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club
Fiance and I have decided that we just want to serve desert and coffee at our reception. We were thinking about having the wedding at 6:30pm, then we’d take pictures (the wedding is in June, so there will be plenty of daylight left), and then we’d go ahead and cut the cake and serve with coffee. Is that too early of a wedding for desert and coffee only? Or would we be able to push the wedding back 15 minutes so we’d hopefully be done by 6:30/6:45?
We would put on the RSVP cards that following the ceremony desert and coffee would be served so people would eat dinner before the wedding.
Post # 3
It might be a better idea to push it either up or back if you want to do a cake and coffee reception. At 6:30, people may be expecting dinner. Also make it clear that it will be a cake and punch or cake and coffee reception.
Post # 4
It’s too early. 6:30 is prime dinner time, so most people probably wouldn’t eat before and would be expecting dinner. I think it’d be better to have the ceremony starting 7-8pm and then having the dessert reception immediately after. It’s also a good idea mention on your invitation that it will be a dessert reception.
You could also go earlier and have the ceremony in early/mid afternoon as people wouldn’t expect a full meal then either.
Post # 5
You would be better off having a mid afternoon wedding around 2:00 p.m. I know I wouldn’t have time to eat before a 6:30 wedding.
Post # 6
I would think about doing it a little later maybe even 7 or 7:30. I am having the same problem as well. We are serving dinner before our ceremony and then having a dessert and coffee reception after and the timeline has been the hardest thing to figure out.
Post # 7
It’s going to be pretty tricky for people to have dinner, get ready to go to a wedding, and then be on time at 6:30. What if you had it in the afternoon? Like perhaps 3 pm, plenty ceremony’s or everything, I’m guessing around 30 minutes for the ceremony, then 45 minutes to an hour for cake and coffee, then you could ask family to stay and do pictures after, then go to have a nice quiet dinner with just a few people? Gosh, that sounds really pleasant and relaxed, actually. I don’t know!
Post # 8
It would be prime dinner time, so I agree with PPs, push it back or move it up so people have time to eat dinner before/after your wedding 🙂 And mention that it is a coffee/cake reception on the invitation or via word of mouth.
Post # 9
I agree with PP. Don’t have it at prime dinner time (6:00-8:00). I love the idea of just dessert and coffe, however not when it’s main dinner hours.
I had 2 cousins do something similar. One just sent out invitations for a dessert reception after a 6:00 ceremony on a Friday night. The other one did an hors d’oevers reception at 7:00 on a Saturday night. I love my family, but I’m like “Come on! I want DINNER!”
Post # 10
You need to start no earlier than 8:00 if you’re going to do it in the evening. I think it would actually be better to start that ceremony at 2:00-ish and then do cake.
Post # 11
Yeah…I think an early or afternoon wedding would be the only time you could get away with that. If you did it late (after 7:30), you could do a dessert buffet or something. I dunno…
Post # 12
@missmorganista: Cake and punch receptions are usually during the day and not during meal time. Between 2-4 is ideal I think.