(Closed) I wish I knew…BEFORE sending invitations…

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3709 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I don’t have the schedule that I used for my sister’s wedding in front of me, but we did toasts/cake cutting during dinner. We did this for a couple of reasons…1-people were already seated and it was easier to get everyone to be quiet since they were occupied with eating 2-cake could be served as soon as dinner was over which meant we could start dancing sooner.  

Post # 4
5786 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

Could you do toasts/first dance before dinner and push it back to 730? then dinner would end at 845ish (my venue told me dinner takes 1hr15min so it could be different for you). Then cut the cake when you get back from pics and kick off dancing at 8:45/9?

Post # 5
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

We did cake cutting as the very first thing in the reception, so that the cake could be cut during dinner and served immediately after with no lag time (i wanted to get to the dancing!). Then we did dinner. It was buffet so we waited until every table had made it back to their tables (but most people were still eating) and did toasts. After that cake was served. Then we did first dances, and then open dance. 

Are you having a plated or buffet dinner? I think that makes a difference before plated takes a bit longer I think. I think it would work though if you did cake cutting/dinner/toasts/cake/first dances, and then you leave right after first dances when everyone else is just getting started dancing. 

Post # 7
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Why not have the toasts during dinner so that everyone will be there. Then you can do cake cutting later in the night (maybe around 9:30) since it is usually done later anyways. OR you could do cake cutting right when you enter your reception or maybe right before or right after your first dance?

Post # 9
84 posts
Worker bee

I think you can break up the dancing and have multiple “sets”. Move up your toasts to the start of dinner, but push dinner back a little – maybe to 7:30. You could probably leave for pictures as early as 7:45 or 8. The sun will be low in the sky way before sunset. You don’t need pictures of the sun setting, you just want colors in the sky.

So for example:

introduction, first dance, everyone dances, toast, dinner. Go around the room and greet guests.

Eat quickly, break for pictures, then come back for cake, dancing

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