(Closed) Need help with timeline- cocktails before ceremony + buffet

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

This is a little different but if that’s what they won’t it shouldn’t be an issue. 

-If they are going a cocktail hour before the ceremony, I wouldn’t serve hard liquor until after the ceremony.  Just beer and wine.

-After everyone has gone through the buffet, you can do speeches.  After dinner, then dancing or you can do the cake cutting.  I say do the cake cutting early because some people like to leave early.  Plus who wants to be all sweaty cutting the cake.(Just my opinion)

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I recommend doing the toasts/speeches towards the end of the meal. Then you can also do cake cutting after that. It’s their ceremony, it can be whatever timeline and however they like it:)

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@KoiKove:Yes. Important detail– is there a receiving line, and if so, how many guests?

When/how many formals do they want to take?

 

Our wedding was a similar timeline, and the venue’s DOC said to do all toasts at the beginning. We did not.

 

Dad’s did a toast and a blessing before the meal.

 

After everyone had food, MOHs and best man did toasts (everyone had a plate).

Later, as the band was playing, people could go up and request a toast–the MC was told 1 toast between songs MAX. It was *perfect.*

We did cake cutting about 1 hour or 1.5 hrs after food was served–NOTE many people leave after the cake cutting, so don’t do it too early.

My venue had a hard cut off time at 8:30 for cake cutting (so they can break the crew). We started a little late (7PM? instead of 6 30 PM as planned), and still did the cake at 8 45 PM.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

ETA first dance was *immediately* after the cake cutting. And we thanked our guests and did our own little toast while standing in front of the cake and before cutting it.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@KoiKove:Yes, those timelines look good with the constraints.

Doing toasts and then ceremonial cake cutting together can work really well (i saw it at another wedding).

Will the cake be served immediately–or can people bring it to the dancing area? I am not sure if the guests will go back to the first room just for cake. People may go back if they’re tired from dancing, though.

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