(Closed) When to cut the cake?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: When do you cut the cake?
    Before getting down on the dance floor : (10 votes)
    83 %
    Before the reception is almost done : (2 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
    20 posts
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I’m not married yet…But I hear that u should wait till closer to end… So people don’t leave early. 

    Post # 4
    3618 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    We split the dancing so there was dancing throughout the night. So the cake was cut after the first time block of dancing.

    Post # 5
    5075 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We’re cutting our cake as soon as we get to the reception.  The rest of it will be cut up and served after dinner.

    I’m not worried about people leaving early.  

    Post # 6
    4676 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Most caterers like it when you cut the cake before dinner. (This might be a regional thing though).  I would take to your caterer or venue about it though.   It gives them a chance to have the cake cut and ready to go after supper is done.  If I had to wait until the end of the reception to get cake and I wanted to leave I wouldn’t wait around for the cake.  I would just take off and go the the grocery store and pick a slice up from there!  

    Post # 7
    571 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Our photog REALLY pressured us into cutting it right after dinner too. (I think she just wanted to leave…sad) Anyway, I insisted we wait until AFTER the first dances and speeches so that people WOULD stick around more and not just eat and run.  So we had dinner, watched our love video, speeches were given, and all 3 first dances were danced. After that we cut the cake. Then (since photog was adament her time was up and had to leave in 15 minutes) we did the boquet and garter toss right after cake.  Then we got loose on the dance floor while guests were enjoying cake and hopefully joining the party on the dance floor too.  Don’t let vendors pressure you to do what they want or with “this is how it’s always done” talk.  It’s your day and things will and should be done your way. 🙂

    Post # 8
    3773 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 1999

    @GroovyHippieChick:  This is what we did.

    We served it right after dinner and then extra was left out for people to grab later if they wanted. We had a photobooth that started after dinner so we didn’want to take away guests from that or dancing.

    ETA: Our wedding was about 2-3 hours away for all of our guests so everyone was already staying at the resort for the night or leaving early, so cutting the cake didn’t affect when people left at all.

    Post # 9
    66 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    We are cutting the cake closer to the start so we save on extra hours for the photographer!! Not worried about guests leaving early either!

    Post # 10
    571 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Also, (and this was a selfish request but I didn’t care b/c the cake was expensive) I actually wanted to enjoy looking at my cake and seeing its master-piece-self in the ballroom for a while before it was dismantled and distroyed. I don’t like it when the couple come in and the first thing they do is dive into the cake defore dinner and before you know it the cake is torn apart and gone. 🙁  Sad. 

    I was also a cake cutter for a friend’s wedding who did it like that and I didn’t even get to sit and eat dinner with everyone b/c I was cutting her huge cake for an hour and a half. Darling Husband had to grab me some luke-warm food from the buffet right before it closed and then it sat at our table until I could get done and actually eat. I do NOT recommend making your family or friends do this.

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