(Closed) Wedding AFTER dinner time?

posted 10 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
1131 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I think it’s okay, but maybe start just a little later so guests have time to eat before. I’d start the ceremony between 7:30 and  8:00. For the reception, you could do finger foods and/or a desert bar along with drinks and dancing. Also make sure you mention in your invitations that it won’t be a full meal (put something like “light refeshements and dancing”)

Post # 5
2674 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

What msfahrenheit said. Personally I’m getting married at 6 and having cocktails at 7 and dinner at 8. People might still expect dinner unless its a little later. Plus it would be nice if Out of Town guests who are driving are able to stop for a decent meal in town or on the way and not worry about eating dinner. If I start dinner at 5ish at a resturaunt, I want to still be able to make it to the ceremony without being rushed.

Post # 6
1113 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Sounds romantic! A little bit like Cinderella at the ball. Or maybe sort of like a NYE wedding. A nighttime wedding seems like it would have a special sort of magic.

Post # 7
1131 posts
Bumble bee

I have heard of several wedding like this, thought I have not been to one. I think it sounds lovely. If you started the wedding ceremony at  7:00 and kept it short and then had a cake/punch/horderves reception from 8-11 I think that would be lovely and 3 hours is certainly enough time for dancing. I would make sure that it is stated on the invitations that a meal will not be served so people would not be expecting it. Also I would reconsider if she planned to invite a large number of elders or young children who might not be used to staying up after 8:00.

Lunch weddings are often cheaper too. Just a thought.

Post # 10
1131 posts
Bumble bee

You should definately have SOME tables and chairs, but I don’t think you would need a chair for every person by any means. Especially if there is a bar and people will be standing/mingeling etc. That is totally just my opinion and other bees might think differently

A standard reception is about 4 hours. (according the the blogs I have been reading so that might vary by region too) 7-11pm with the ceremony is a tad shorter than standard, but I don’t think it is that far off but if guests don’t have to move between a church and a reception you are saving time anyways.

As far as the invitations I would maybe word it as “horderves will be served at 7:30pm following the ceremony”

I don’t think you have to explicitly put “there will not be a meal”  but people will get the idea to eat something before they go.


Post # 12
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Depends where you live, but here in New York, people would still expect a meal at 7:30. I would suggest a afternoon hors d’oeuvres event instead, like 3 to 5 or something similar.

Post # 13
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@CoffeeandCream:  We are doing a 7pm wedding to avoid having to serve a meal. We will just do a 10 pm snackbar.

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