(Closed) Hey ladies not doing a cocktail hour…..Or anyone who can give advice

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1319 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

It’s fine. If they’ll have a glass of champagne, it won’t be a problem to wait 20 minutes for dinner to be served. That 20 minutes will pass really quickly with people chatting, finding their seats, and getting comfortable.

Post # 4
2158 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I don’t think that’s so bad at all. I wouldn’t mind that wait.  For ours, we are finishing the ceremony at around 3:00 and dinner isn’t until 5:30, but it’s a half an hour away, plus there are activities at the reception venue.

Post # 5
674 posts
Busy bee

People won’t mind waits of half an hour or sometime around there. If you’re doing escort cards or a seating chart, people will need a while to find their seats. They also won’t notice time passing as much since, presumably, you’d largely be seating people by those they know. If you’re doing open seating, it will also take people a while to figure out how they will sit together or move between tables of anyone they might know.

It’s usually only when the time you’re actually seated and waiting on a meal edges up on an hour or more that people really start to notice. I will also say that the only time I’ve ever seen it get out of hand was caused by a situation I doubt you’ll have at your wedding.

The Secret Service shut down the kitchen because it was directly over the room where the Vice President was giving a speech. Dinner was supposed to be served at 8pm and the first plates weren’t brought out until just before 10pm. Since the Secret Service also moved most of the other speakers around in the schedule due to the fact that they shut down the kitchen, it meant we were sitting there for almost 2 hours with few people we knew (it was a charity event) with no entertainment, no food, and some alcohol. We were pissed, bored, and getting drunk. It’s kind of funny thinking back on it. But at the time, not so much.

I only relay the story so you can see how much of an extreme it takes for people to actually remember hiccups with the schedule. 🙂

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