(Closed) Coffee and Cake reception? Time questions

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
2390 posts
Buzzing bee

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
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
1916 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
949 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
9752 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

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
2190 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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
2389 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
151 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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
1748 posts
Bumble bee

@missmorganista:  Cake and punch receptions are usually during the day and not during meal time. Between 2-4 is ideal I think.

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