(Closed) Where to write sit-down dinner time?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m a bit confused so I could be wrong, but I don’t know that you need to put a time for the dinner.  As long as the guests know what time the ‘reception’ starts, they’ll be there for the dinner.  Does that make sense?  Or maybe there are variables I don’t know about?  If anything, I’d just make sure to call it a formal reception, which would indicate to your guests that dinner will be served at some point during the reception.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I agree that generally you don’t put a dinner time start, just a reception time start.  Unless they are completely different…

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

On our invitation, we just put that cocktail hour started at 5:30 p.m., with a reception immediately following. Are you having the standard hour-long cocktail hour and then four-hour reception? If so, people usually assume this is the case unless it’s otherwise pointed out, so basic wording like that should suffice. Usually cocktail hour is hosted at the reception venue, and then guests are just kind of “herded” into the reception room 10 mins or so before it’s supposed to start.

Dinner is usually 45min to an hour, but I’ve never seen a time breakdown like, “dinner will be served from 6:30-7:30” on an invitation.

If you’re worried about guests being late, don’t! It’s their problem if they can’t be on time 🙂

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

That is a long reception.  Mine cocktail hour starts at 7:30, the reception at 8:30 and we’ll have the hall for 4 hours.  So in total, from ceremony to reception we’ll be there for about 6 hours.  You may find that you’re guests get tired and leave early, or show up extremely late knowing the reception is so long.  I think I’d try to change the times just a bit.  You can always opt to end the reception earlier. 

As far as your family arriving late.  I think what we suggested will help the best.  Just put the reception start time on your invite, that way they will most likely be there before dinner whether they planned to be or not.

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