(Closed) Dinner Before Ceremony?

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
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Bumble bee

Do whatever you want! If people don’t like it, they don’t have to be part. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee

I can happily eat cake and drink champagne any time so I would not be opposed to ceremony, cake and champagne, then move to dinner elsewhere

Post # 4
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2019

We are having a destination wedding and travelling over with 6 members (close family).  There will be approximately 6-8 other people attending who already live stateside.  However, we will be going for a sit down meal with close family the evening before the wedding and then only having a ceremony on our wedding day, nothing else.   I would do whatever you and H2B want.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - A Historic Inn

I wouldn’t mind cake and champagne then dinner. Can you ask the chapel what other couples have done?

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Busy bee

I would gladly eat cake, anytime, anyday. Some people might find it unusual, maybe have some savoury appertisers as well? Is there a big break between the ceremony and the dinner? If so I dont think it would be weird at all to have cake and then have dinner later on.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Qlavata:  I would prefer dinner before the ceremony.  My cousin did this.  It’s not a huge deal but I just wouldn’t want to spend money on a nice restaurant but guests are already filled up on cake!!! Vice versa everyone after dinner always has room for cake haha

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Blushing bee

I’d have champagne and cake at the chapel and go else where for dinner afterwards. I quite like the tradition of the Bride and Groom not seeing each other before the ceremony on the day. So I wouldn’t do a lunch/dinner before. But I’m also a massive advocate of the Bride and Groom should do what they want as it’s their day. So do what works for you best. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

Qlavata:  What time is the Ceremony? That would make the decision for me.

If it’s over a meal time, I think it’s best to skip cake and champagne and just go for dinner.

If not, dinner before or afterwards both sound great 🙂

Post # 10
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Busy bee

I forgot to add, if it were me I would definitly not have dinner before hand as I feel it would take away from the special moment when the groom and guests see the bride for the first time.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Qlavata:  Also think about what the quality of that cake and champagne might be. Can you get a package price reduction or a package without the cake/champagne. We did that for our vegas wedding. 

We did ceremony, strectch hummer tour (with drinks and nibbles) with our guests stopping for group photos and then dinner. We got a cake through the restaurant where our reception was held.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

I’d do cake and champagne and then move somewhere else for a late dinner!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

Qlavata:  My cousin got married in a chapel in vegas, then we all went to the Hofbräuhaus afterwards. It was awesome! They had a live musician and a few contests going on at the restaurant. They had a baker drop off cupcakes for dessert and a mini cake for them to cut.

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