(Closed) What time to have dinner?

posted 4 years ago in Logistics
Post # 5
9145 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@jessdoxy:  That’s a pretty substantial gap between the end of the ceremony and the beginning of dinner (roughly 2.5 hours).  Is that typical for weddings where you are?  If so, what do guests do during that time since it really isn’t enough to go home and come back?

We generally have a cocktail hour but I don’t know that you need one since you are serving dinner so early.  I will also point out that 4 hours in a row of dancing is a lot to expect from your guests.  Is there a shift at some point in the evening?  Say from a live band entertaining the crowd to a DJ for the late night (after 9pm) crowd?

Also, 2.5 hours for dinner is a really long time for people to eat unless you have like 250+ guests and they are being served multiple courses (more than 3).  If you have buffet stations or a 2-3 course meal, 2.5 hours is going to be a huge amount of time for people to finish eating and get restless.

Post # 7
460 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@jessdoxy:  If your pictures end at 4:30, do you need a whole hour before dinner is served? I think the first timeline you posted could work if dinner was served soon after you finish pictures, maybe at 4:45 or 5. I wouldn’t want to leave guests waiting as long as you have it now.


In your second option, I don’t understand the hour and a half gap between the end of the receiving line and the beginning of cocktail hour. What will your guests do during that time? In this case, I’d start the cocktail hour immediately after the receiving line ends and have it from 3-4:30 while you take pictures, and then serve dinner very soon after.

ETA: Usually, I think the point of a cocktail hour is to keep guests entertained while the bridal party takes photos.

Post # 8
3281 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’d have cocktail hour from 3:30-5 then dinner at 5 or 5:30. 

Post # 11
460 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@jessdoxy:  You’re welcome! I’m sure it will all work out. Good luck! 🙂

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