(Closed) Friday Night Wedding/Reception

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I don’t think 8 or 8:30 is too late to serve dinner on a Friday night.  I would have the standard cocktail hour at the reception venue from 7ish to 8, and serve drinks and hors d’ oeuvres at that time.  The hors d’oeuvres will tide people over until dinner!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Wait, did you mean that dinner after the ceremony would be on their own (not hosted)?  I don’t think you can do that.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I HATE waiting to eat for couple to take pictures! I would definitely let the guests eat while pictures are being taken…just take care to make sure a plate is saved for the bridal party so they can eat, too.

ETA: Hubby and I are early diners, so it would be torture to wait until 8. We usually dine around 5 pm.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

I haven’t been to a wedding that did things with the schedule you described, but just last weekend I was at a wedding which was on a Friday, started at 5:30, cocktail hour from 6-7 and reception at 7.  That’s an hour earlier than your daughter’s, but I really think the hor derves (spelling?) at the cocktail hour were great, and I actually wished the cocktail hour had lasted a little longer.  That being said, if your guests eat before the bride and groom and the bride and groom eat while the guests are dancing or whatnot, I think that’s a little awkward.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My wedding is on a Friday. But my ceremony will be at 3pm with the reception starting at 530.

I don’t want it to be any later than that because I have young kids, and some of my guests have children as well. 

I realise that some people will need to take time off work to attend, and some may choose not to attend.  But I have worked weekends with every job I have had.  And I have had to take time off for every wedding I have attended.  And most of my friends and family are in the same position.  So I really don’t see the difference.

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Hors d’oeuvres at 10pm, after dinner, would be pretty weird.  I think you should serve the hors d’oeuvres during a cocktail hour at the reception site when the guests arrive, then serve dinner when the bride and groom show up an hour later.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@blueeyegirl:  Okay, just making sure.  I still say hors d’oeuvres from 7-8 and dinner at 8ish when the bride & groom arrive.

Full disclosure, I regularly eat dinner at 8 or 8:30, so that doesn’t feel like a late dinner to me.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@blueeyegirl:  I agree with @sailor, have cocktail hour with hors d’ouevres begin as soon as the guests arrive from the ceremony.  Have them seated for introductions & dinner whenever the bride & groom get there (8ish).  That would be the normal timing, and I think as long as guests are fed something at 7 they will be fine.  Early diners should be able to figure out the timing by the sheer fact that the ceremony begins at 6, and can grab a snack beforehand if they really can’t wait until 7. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You could always put out some refreshments at the ceremony site.  If people are starving they can grab a small bite to tide them over before or after the ceremony.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Hors d’oeuvres as soon as guests get there. To me, it would feel really inhospitable to eat dinner without the couple and parents–even if it’s a meal served by staff and you’re all at different tables, you still invited these people because you wanted to break bread with them.  

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Can they do the pictures before the ceremony?

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