Post # 17
@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
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
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
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
people start leaving