(Closed) Fitting the cake into the timeline–when would you prefer to eat cake?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

That’s a lot of eating.  Hmmm…. What does the “evening buffet” consist of? Light snacks?  I would do it after dinner.  Unless the evening buffet is all those desserts that you spoke of. If that’s true, I’d cut the cake right before that.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I like it when the cake cutting is right before the first dance.  That way, it’s whisked off to the back to be cut, you watch the first dance, and the cake slices are either set out on a table for you to take one, or you’re served at the table.  That way, you can be a pig and take more than one piece.  That’s also usually when coffee comes around.  Nice and relaxing for people who aren’t dancing right away.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Traditionally, the cake cutting is a sign that the wedding is coming to a close and guests are free to leave whenever they choose afterwards. If you do the cutting before the reception even begins, it will be pretty obvious that it doesn’t signify the end of the wedding, but I do feel that it will be a little confusing.

I think the 6:30 time works – i like the idea of dessert between dinner and the evening buffet – but people may think that means the end and miss your first dance (and a lot of good stuff afterwards). All the weddings I’ve worked (assisting a coordinator) have had the first dance before dinner right when the couple makes their grand entrance and the cake cutting is much later.

Maybe it should be at 8:30 with the bouquet and garter toss? Then people can finish up the buffet with dessert and get back on the dance floor?

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

That is tough.  I feel like cake is the end of the wedding (unless you do a dessert reception – then it’s the beginning!).  But if you do it at 8:30, people might not stay or they might not eat it since they have food out.  Really tough.  I might do it earlier then.  Could you cut out the dessert course of dinner and serve cake instead?  If not, I’d do it before you leave for the reception…but give people some time to eat it!

Post # 10
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Busy bee

@UK Bride: We cut our cake right after we were introduced into the reception hall, before we took our seats at head table

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We are going to be doing it right after dinner so that it is ready when everyone else is ready to eat dessert. I say 6:30 personally.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We cut ours right after dinner before the dancing started. The cake was sliced up while the dancing was happening and people ate it during dance breaks.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

With your further explanation, I’ve changed my mood a bit. I think it would be awesome to serve it early at the cocktail hour. If you have kids there, they’ll be thrilled to not have to look at the cake all night waiting until the moment they can have some, and your argument about it helping tie people over until dinner is a good one. It’s unique and I think it just might work wonderfully.

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