(Closed) Too Late for a Plated Dinner?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

wow….three hour ceremony?  may i ask what denomination you are?

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper

Can you find out if you can get in prior to 5:30?  If you did a 5:30pm start time – a 45 min ceremony…  you could easily do dinner at 7:30.  Even if it ran later, I think 8pm start for dinner service would be the latest I would push it.

I’d definitely do a cocktail hour with tons of heavy apps, too.

Also – keep in mind, it will be dark post-ceremony in December – so you’ll likely want to do the bulk of your pictures before the ceremony.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Yeah, as a guest I would definitely eat something before the ceremony. But heavy apps and dessert afterwards would be wonderful.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@Mrs. Meowerson:  The ceremony isn’t 3 hours itself, she has 3 hours to use it for decorating it & taking pics & then the ceremony :).

What time is your ceremony starting? Are you wanting to do a plated dinner?

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

8-8:30 is standard dinner time for me, so personally, I don’t think it’s too late.  If your ceremony starts at 5:30 (or even 6, 6:30, or 7), I doubt people will eat dinner beforehand.

I think a 7:30 start time is the absolute earliest you can get away with not serving a meal.  And even then, people would still have to eat a pretty early dinner when you take into account the time they will spend getting ready and traveling to the ceremony site.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

To restate, I think if you start anywhere from 5:30 – 7, a meal at the reception will be welcome (and expected).

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I don’t think its too late, and I think  most people would adjust their normal dinner times because they would be expecting a meal for the wedding.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

@canthugallcats:  ahhhhh i should really read more carefully!  thanks for clarifying.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

You need to feed your guests a meal. I imagine they’ll try to get to the ceremony no later than 5:45 for a 6:00 start. They might have to leave the house by 5:15 to do so (or earlier). They have to get ready to go, which might begin at 4ish. I would not count on people eating before they come.  

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