(Closed) Cutting cake before meal, too weird or fine.

posted 10 years ago in Food
Post # 17
221 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

At all the weddings I have been to it went:

Entrance of B & G


Some Dancing

Cake cutting

Garter/Bouquet toss (if they were doing that)

Rest of the night dancing


I liked it like this because it breaks up the monotiny a little bit. People get a chance to dance and have fun, but then sit back down, relax, and converse while eating their cake. But it seems pretty popular to do it the other way as well, I just had never seen it. It seems to work out well though according to PP.

Post # 18
2492 posts
Buzzing bee

Cutting the cake before dinner is super weird to me. It really does not take that much time and effort to cut the cake. Cut and serve it after dinner.

Post # 19
712 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Our DJ recommended this because then the guests have more uninterrupted time to dance.  We’re opting to cut it after dinner, though, because I want to have people have a chance to see it first!

Post # 20
3078 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We are cutting ours right after we enter the hall.  That way it’s all done.  Everyone is already looking at us anyway.

They are not going to cut up the entire cake at that time.  They’ll take it to the back room and then cut it up after dinner.  

To me it’s not about time or effort, or being super weird.  It’s about the flow. . we want all our “official” stuff done very early so we can just dance and have a good time.  

Post # 21
123 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

We will be cutting the cake right before dinner (they don’t have to slice everyone’s piece right then) so it can be served right after dinner.  Our venue suggested this, because (and I saw this at a wedding I went to), if you wait until later into the reception, people tend to loose interest, and no one really wants to sit back down for cake.  Now, if you cut it RIGHT after dinner so that everyone is still finishing up, and the party hasn’t started, that would work too. 

Post # 22
1935 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We cut ours right after dinner and toasts and then we did our first dance while they cut up the cake. They started serving the cake right after that.

Post # 23
362 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My nephew had to do it this way at his wedding a couple of weeks ago — but that’s because their cake was falling over…his wife was so sad.

I’ve always seen it later in the evening, but the awesome thing about it being your wedding is you can do things however you want, and I can see the logic of cutting the cake early so the caterers can prep it and have it ready for dessert.

Post # 24
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I think it’s weird.  People who want to leave before the end of the night use cake cutting as the cue that they can pack up and go.  I’m not saying they couldn’t use anything else as the cue but I’ve always seen it as the appropriate leaving point for older guests.

Post # 25
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I went to a wedding over the weekend that did this, and I found it odd. Every wedding I have been to in the past has cut it after dinner. I feel that cutting the cake too early causes it to dry out. Unfortuantly, the piece of cake I got was dried out.

Post # 26
2670 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

Really cake got dried out in 45 minutes, I am guessing it was probably dry to begin with. We cut it right after we were announced and then once dinner was served the took the cakes back and cut them. Then it was passed out right after dinner while people were still at their tables. We did cheesecake so there wasn’t really any conern over it drying out.

This is what I have seen at almost every wedding I have gone to in the past couple years. It has been a while since I have seen some one do it after dinner. 

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