(Closed) Timing the night right … help!

posted 9 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m not sure of what the schedule was supposed to be, but at my cousin’s wedding their ceremony started at 6:30, was over by 7:15.  Passed appetizers & cocktails from 7:30 – 8:30 and then they had their first dance.  Dinner started at 8:45 and toasts were during the first course.  My cousin’s wedding had 5 courses, so dinner lasted until about 10:30, and then cutting of the cake was at 11. Dancing for everyone and dessert was from 11:00 to 12:00.  Hope this helps!

Post # 4
2640 posts
Sugar bee

Wow first how did you get a 6pm Catholic ceremony?  Is it a Saturday?

Anyway, if the cocktail hour is from 7-7:45, I suggest dinner by 8pm.  And cake cutting by 9:30pm.  Then hopefully you can get in over two hours of dancincg. 

Post # 5
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@ Tanya – We were married at 4 pm on a Sunday!  Everyone was really surprised, but our parish and Diocese are just more liberal.  🙂

I think you could go either way with serving dinner immediately or waiting a little bit to get some of the "traditional" things out of the way.  Depending on the number of courses/number of people to go through the buffet, though, you probably want to schedule at least 2 hours for eating.  So if you started first course right after the cocktail hour, the earliest you would be done with dinner would be at 10 pm.  If you waited an hour, you’d be done at 11 pm.  I would be hungry for dinner right after appetizers.

I don’t think 10 pm would be too late to cut the cake.  It allows your guests to ogle your beautiful cake for 3 hours and gives you a nice 1.5 hour buffer before the late night snack.

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