- 9 years ago
We’re having a pretty casual reception, outside, with a buffet. We aren’t assigning seats or tables, and in fact, there may not be enough seats for everyone. We’re having a mix of small (2 – 3 people) and large (6 – 8 people) tables, and the reception venue has an inside space and a lawn, as well as a wrap around porch. Tables will be everywhere, food will be inside, most of the "action" – bars, DJ – will be outside.
Because of the fact that there won’t be sitting at one time, and people will be inside and out, I’m having trouble scheduling things like the toast, first dance, and cake cutting. We also aren’t being announced, so dancing right after that isn’t an option. And I don’t want to keep calling people together for these activities. So right now I’m thinking we’ll have the cocktail hour from 5:30 – 6:30, open the buffet at 6:30, and at 7:30, do the cake cutting, then the toast while we’re all together, and then the first dance, followed by the father daughter dance. Then everyone can feel free to party the rest of the night without worrying about "events."
Does this sound good? My caterer said that when you cut the cake, it signals that people can leave. I don’t want people to leave at 7:30. But I also don’t think they will. Still, I can move the cake cutting until later – like 9:30? – and have the toasts, then the first dance, etc. at 7:30.
What do you think? Any other options I’m missing? What are you doing? Thanks!!