(Closed) Opinion – Order of operation changes!

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

go for it! i’ve seen weddings with the cocktail hour before the ceremony. i’ve never heard of someone doing the meal first, but i think it’s a good idea!

Post # 4
2512 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I say do what you feel is right! If you are worried about people starving do the dinner first!

Post # 5
46612 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think it is a great idea! I have been to  New Year’s Eve dinner party that turned into a wedding. We had a wonderful time.

Post # 6
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

One of our local venues does Full Moon weddings where dinner is served before the ceremony. http://www.wellersweddings.com/pages/body_full_moon_weddings.htm

Here is the schedule from their website

3:15 pm- “Keeping Room” open to prepare for Ceremony

4:15 pm- Decorate Rooms are opened 3 hours prior to hors. Flowers and cakes may be set up then.

7:15 pm – Bar Opens Allow Six hours from time bar opens

7:15 pm- Hors Served Allow 30-45 minutes. Note: It is not necessary to have appetizers.

7:50 pm- Seat for Dinner Allow 20 minutes

8:10 pm- Toast and or Prayer Allow 5 minutes

8:15 pm-  Dinner; Allow 45 minutes to one hour

9:15 pm- Ushers escort guests to ceremony grounds.

10:00 pm- Ceremony Time Allow 30 minutes 

10:30 pm- Cake Cutting after the ceremony

10:00 pm – Dancing starts after the ceremony in the Gazebo Pavilion or in banquet room

10:00 pm- Bridal Dance with Bride an  Father Allow 15 minutes.

1:15 pm – Bar Closes

1:45 pm- Room Vacated 6 hrs after opens. Allow 1/2 hour for clearing of room.

Post # 8
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

I would just do your cocktail hour before the ceremony, and save the dinner for afterwards.  The sun sets early enough in May that waiting until afterwards won’t be too late for dinner.  I think you should be able to enjoy your dinner with your guests and you won’t be able to do that if you are stressing out about the upcoming ceremony.

Post # 10
489 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Wouldn’t have considered that- but if I were a guest I would think it was fine.  Actually it would be really nice!

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