(Closed) Evening Wedding Dilemma

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Is your wedding outside? Do you care if the sun is still out at all? I would maybe say 7 or 7:30. Perhaps your invitation wording could suggest that dinner will not be served. Maybe you could say something like “Join us for drinks and appetizers” or “drinks and dessert.” I’ve seen that before. You don’t want to start too late, especially if you have young or old guests that need to be in bed early!

Post # 4
523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I agree. state on the invite that it will be drinks/appetizer celebration. best to say it flat out than to have a hungry guest that didn’t figure it out before

Post # 5
1580 posts
Bumble bee

I agree. State it is cocktails and appetizers on the invitation so no one is expecting dinner.

Post # 6
613 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

we did this.  our ceremony started about 7:30.  Even at 8:00 there was still plenty of light for pictures.  The reception was just open bar and hors duerves (passed + stations) from 8 to 11:30.  The invite said “cocktail and hors duerves reception to immediately follow”.  it was later in the day so people had time to eat and it was adults only.  some people still didnt get it though, wondering why we didnt serve dinner (at 9 pm?  come on) and 2 people showed up with kids. 

Post # 7
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

you should indicate on the invite that there won’t be dinner in a subtle way like “join us after for drinks and hors’doevres (sp?)”

our ceremony is at 7:15 and we are serving a full dinner. where we live this isn’t uncommon.

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