(Closed) Help with Timeline for wedding with no dinner

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 17
632 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@GamersBride: That time included all of the other things the OP listed. 

As for the scheduled dancing I mean that the dessert bar could be served at the same time as the dancefloor was opened because people were probably going to be dancing all evening after the toasts and cake cutting were out of the way. Sorry if I didn’t make this stuff clear. 

Post # 18
16 posts
  • Wedding: October 2014

It toally agree with the other ladies. I would also be upset that I wasnt being served dinner with a wedding at dinner time. Even if I knew about it in advance. But I would for sure have it start later. 7:30 is much more reasonable since you don’t want to serve your guests dinner. I’d also make sure to do your main food eariler in the night so that way its all out of the way for dancing! It sounds like a lot of fun to have such a light reception. But I wouldnt stay at a reception any later then 12. So I would execpt a lot of guests to leave early if I was having a wedding like this that lasted till 1 or later. But really you cant start this any eariler then 7:30 if you dont want to feed people. so I’d do the 7:30-12:30. Sounds like a nice comprimose. Good luck planning this out!

Post # 19
1465 posts
Bumble bee

Are you serving enough appetizers to equal a meal or are you serving light appetizers throughout the evening.  If you are having cheese/crackers, veggies/dip, etc type of appetizers then I would be upset you weren’t serving a meal when you invited me during dinner time.

If you are serving heavy apps, doings stations, etc, then I think you are fine.  If you are worried about people leaving early, you need to make sure they have had enough food to feel satisfied and to soak up the alcohol they drink.  Light apps and alcohol aren’t a good combo unless you want a lot of drunk people.

If you aren’t serving enough apps to equal a meal then I think you should move the wedding to 8pmish.

Post # 20
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

OP, I am having a cocktail wedding starting at 5:00. We are putting it on the invite that it is a cocktail reception and there is a gap of 1.5 hours between the ceremony and the reception where people can get a burger if they want to. Our wedding is in the CBD so there are all the food options people could ask for. People do not have to eat between the ceremony in any case if they do not wish to because there will be 3 hours of canape service which includes 16 pieces per person.

our running order looks like this:





reception begins – canapes start and drinks start




arrive reception meet/greet








cutting the cake/spooning the spouse cake




people eating cake/having coffee and tea


canapes finish


people start leaving


drinks finish



everyone out


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