(Closed) Invited to a 5:30 pm wedding but no dinner will be served. Rude or OK?

posted 4 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Is it acceptable for a 5:30 PM wedding to not include dinner?
    Yes, it's fine. Weddings are expensive. : (59 votes)
    11 %
    No, that is terrible! Cheap! : (490 votes)
    89 %
  • Post # 196
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    Buzzing bee

    maritimebride2016:  Perhaps the core of the ancient and venerable ethic of hospitality is that the host offers the guest something to eat and drink.  Whether it be the Bedouin who was obligated to give a traveler water (and the traveler thus obligated not to steal from his host) or the monks who provided (and in some cases still do) bread and water to anyone who asked–the offering of food and drink is central to the host-guest relationship.  It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive food or drink, but it has to be there. 

    To invite guests and not offer them food and drink appropriate to the time of day that you have invited them (in other words, you invite them at mealtime, you serve a meal) or to segregate your guests by suggesting that some of them are worthy of this basic offering of hospitality while others are not is to spit in the face of one of our oldest customs as a species.  To do this at a wedding, which is a social celebration of largesse and blessing, is particularly indefensible, IMO.

    Post # 197
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: April 2016

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    Post # 198
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: April 2016

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    Post # 199
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2016

    Update? So, how did people feel when the realized their was a dinner and they just weren’t invited, but were invited to come after?

    Post # 200
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2017

     

     

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    Post # 201
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    Bumble bee

    Even though this has been basically resolved, I think the worst thing is expecting to be fed and then not. So at least they informed you there was no dinner (but then it turns out you were just B-listers, lol. And that a whole new ballgame of rudeness). I may never get over the wedding I went to at 8 am on New Year’s Day (bad enough already!!) and the Invite and website said brunch reception but it was really just bacon and deviled eggs.

    Post # 202
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    MrsFiveOh:  +1 

    This strikes me as pretty rude and definitely cheap but at least they informed you of it beforehand. I once attended a 5:00pm wedding and the invitation said “dinner and dance to follow” so a lot of guests showed up hungry. Turns out by “dinner” they meant a few vegetable platters and family sized bags of potato chips along with punch. There wasn’t even enough food for everyone. I ended up stopping by McDonald’s on the way home.  

    Post # 204
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    I think I’m the only one here who thinks it’s okay. They had a ceremony and wanted to share that moment with you. They were kind enough to let you know not to expect a reception afterwards. How materialistic have we all become that we are in it for the shindig after? Not everyone is obliged to have a party to impress everyone and be judged on how much they spent. Maybe they are SMART about their money and know more special occasions are to come so they aren’t tied down to this ONE.

    From my understanding they are more excited about the ceremony than having a reception and that’s okay. I think it’s really disheartening to see so many people bashing the couple for their special day.

    There are a million things I wouldn’t do, lack of recption is one, but I don’t think it’s rude at all.

    Please post an update on the wedding.

    Post # 205
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2016

    kaelasoul:  I don’t think that actually was the issue. I think it’s common in many areas to have a cake and punch reception, or brunch reception, or cocktail reception – which I think is fine. I think the concern here was finding out that everyone was invited to the ceremony, then there were two different lists after that- some were told there was no dinner, but to come to a reception later, while others were told to come for dinner and reception. I’m all for people having the wedding they want and can afford, but this set up seemed designed to just create hurt feelings among guests- can you imagine being invited to the ceremony, being told dinner is on your own, but to come to the reception later, only to find that the “A list” people were invited to dinner and the reception? When we were married, our goal was to have friends and family there to celebrate with us. They were all there because they mattered to us, so we put a lot of time and thought into making sure that they would feel welcome and appreciated, too.

    Post # 206
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    Bumble bee

    If they’re done by 7 it’s fine. Either way, make dinner reservations someplace nice at 7 or 730.

    Post # 208
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    That’s what I thought they were planning! To have everyone come at the same time and not let some people (b listers) eat. Not tell the b listers to come later after everyone else already ate. 

    Were those people hangry and pissed??  Did they know they weren’t going to be fed? It’s so awful!  They’re way better sports about it than I would have been!

    Post # 209
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    Bumble bee

     

    They shouldn’t have invited more people than they could afford to feed.

    At least you saw a whole bunch of “what not to do”!

    Post # 210
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    We are having a small ceremony followed by a cocktail style reception (no sit-down dinner). However, I feel that timing is of the essence in this case. We are starting our ceremony at 7:30pm, which will last till 8:00. Then we will have heavy apps (mini cheesesteaks, chicken quesadillas, crab dip, fried ravioli, shrimp wrapped in bacon) with beer, wine, and soda. This will be from 8:00 – 10:30. I feel that because it’s later in the evening, guests will not expect a full sit down dinner. Plus, we are mentioning on the invitation that the ceremony will be followed by cocktails and apps.

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