(Closed) Serving wedding cake before dinner ??

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

You could serve it before dinner… but if I were a guest seated at a table and served a piece of cake before being served my meal, I’d just push the plate off to the side and wait to it until after I’d eaten dinner.

My advice would be just not to have a gap between the end of dinner and the time you serve the cake.  You could have your cake cutting before dinner, and then have the catering staff take it in the back and cut it up and serve it as the dessert course of dinner.

Post # 4
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Honey bee

Unfortunately, I think no matter how you serve it much of it wont get eaten because people ate too much already, don’t eat sweets, cake is their least fav dessert, are on a diet etc.  Even if your cake is delicious, many aren’t and I think some people just expect wedding cakes to be a bit dry and therefore don’t even try it.

 

I do think that the PP idea is best that you serve it immediately, but you are still battling people being full from dinner and cocktail hour if you are having it.

 

I was just at a wedding where their cake was small and it was set out on a table (it was a seated dinner service) and mostly they had a brownie ice cream sundae bar. The bar was a hit and the cake was barely touched. I think its something about cake that people just dont love.  They saved money by buying a much smaller cake because they didnt need a piece for everyone and put the money towards another dessert that went over great

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

ALL of our wedding cake was eaten. Seriously…everyone at their cake. What we did was cut the cake between the salad and dinner course and then served it immediately after dinner. We then had our first dance and parent dances while people had the cake.

I think one reason why a lot of times the cake doesn’t get eaten is because it gets cut and served well after dinner has finished and all the dancing has begun.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I do agree that usually people are too busy dancing to eat cake, but maybe you could cut the cake and then play some cocktail hour type songs so people will sit down and eat. Or do it right after dinner so people aren’t dancing yet.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

we were announced, did toasts and then we cut the cake, and while people were eating the cake slices were being set out, we didn’t come home with very much cake at all!
And they actually had to keep bringing the cake slices out because people ate so much of it!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@MsBlueberryBee: That’s exactly what happened to us. People were asking for seconds!! HA HA! 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

it sounds like the best option is to cut the cake at the beginning, but then have it served right at the end of dinner (this way the catering staff can be cutting it during dinner – remember, that takes a bit of time). people will still be at their seats and in eating mode, but it won’t be as weird as having their dessert served to them before dinner.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m not sure everyone would be happy with cake before dinner.  A lot of people (especially the elderly) just don’t do that.  Also if it was me, unless it was obvious I may think that was the only food that was being served!  I would just serve the cake shortly after the dinner and have them cut it during toasts/first dance.  Don’t serve it too late but even if a few people have to leave early it’s not the end of the world.  It works out I promise!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I agree with Sarah. If you do the cake cutting early on then you can serve it soon after dinner. If there isn’t too much time in between dinner and dessert people will be more likely to eat it.

Post # 12
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Honey bee

If I was served cake first I would be really confused. I agree with the others-cut the cake during dinner and serve it immediately before everyone gets up the dance for the night.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We are cutting ours before/during dinner to get the photo out of the way and also because where I’m from most people get married, eat cake, and go home. So we are cutting it early so the older people who come to the wedding and want to leave can have their cake and punch and go if they so choose. A lot of the church ladies will do this. I am going to let the guests decide when/if they want cake, so at least it will be cut so they can get it whenever. We are having a buffet so if people want to eat, they can eat and if they just want cake and punch then they can do that. I’m not really going to have a timeline of the way it should go. It’s going to just be casual and the guests can have what they want.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Like someone else said, I would simply push the cake aside and eat my entree first. To be honest I would think it a bit odd if I got the cake first.

Also, I’d be very surprised if your caterer/banquet hall would agree to cut the cake before dinner is served. They have a TON of prep work to do before serving dinner and I don’t think it would work with their schedule to take 20+ minutes to cut up the cake and serve while they should be getting the plates ready for the entree and servers cleaning up after the cocktail hour.

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