(Closed) Wedding cake served as dessert.. When to cut the cake???

posted 4 years ago in Traditions
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@beautifullyboheamian:  I think traditionally the cake is cut before dinner so that way the venue or the caterer can cut the cake while your guests are eating. Maybe you can e-mail or call your venue for suggestions? I know my venue wants my FI and I to cut our cake right away but I hope to be able to enjoy looking at the cake before it gets whisked away to be cut! =)

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014 - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

So when does your dinner start? If your dinner starts around 7 I would make the cake cutting between 9-930pm…depending on your photography schedule.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@anonymous2121:  Good suggestion! I was having the same issue and never even thought about cutting it before. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

At our venue, they suggest cutting the cake right away at the start of the reception.  Then they take it away, serve dinner, and prepare the cake for serving.

At my cousin’s wedding recently, they cut the cake after dinner, but it must have been  a model cake with only one real tier, and they served cake immediately after that which had already been cut and plated.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have never heard of or been to a wedding where the cake was cut before dinner.  The ones I’ve been to served dinner, then did dancing, then interrupted dancing for cake cutting, toasts, and tosses.  Our cake cutting is actually going to be right after dinner (even though we know people won’t be hungry for dessert yet).  But that gives the servers time to cut it and distribute it along with champagne while people dance off their dinner a little first.  People will already be seated, so I thought why not cut the cake instead of having to corral them again later?

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I went to a super classy wedding where the cake was cut between courses. The couple did all the traditional things between courses (including the cake, it was four plated courses). The cake was cut as the salad was ending, before the main course came out. That way everyone got to enjoy the cake cutting and the staff had time to cut and plate it as we ate the main course. Serving the cake as a course made sure that the amazing dance party that followed was not broken up. We’re borrowing this layout. it worked beautifully.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014 - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

@beautifullyboheamian:  That’s why I asked when is dinner being served and what is you photographer’s schedule. My brother & his wife had to cut their cake before dinner…meaning they had the bridal party entrance, bride and groom entrance, first dances, then cake cutting, then dinner…all b/c of photogapher’s schedule/time paid for. And I am sorry, I think when I answered your question I was thinking of time to serve cake…lol! I realize that it takes time to cut the whole thing and serve it. My brothers cake was served around 9pm…but they had cut into it for pictures around 730. They got the main events over upfront for photos. I will do something similiar for mines as well. But to each their own…wishing you luck figuring out what’s best for you all.

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