Post # 1
Hi all, We’re having a sit down-dinner reception.
Need some help, where do I put that dinner would be from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm?
And, how long should a dinner should last?
We have the following:
*Wedding Ceremony Invitation:
Bride and Groom
Church (name and address)
and time of ceremony
Name of Hall
time it starts
*RSVP Card & Return Envelope:
Church and Hall location
Our info (cell numbers and email)
Post # 3
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
I agree that generally you don’t put a dinner time start, just a reception time start. Unless they are completely different…
Post # 5
Thanks for the replies.. the deal is that our families tend to show up late. So we thought by telling them that dinner is at a specific time.. they can’t really complaint if they get @,lets say, 8 and there’s no food.
Should we just kinda mention it to some people hoping that they tell everyone else?
Post # 6
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 # 7
This is what we’re doing.. I welcome you’re opinions if you think this might be wrong.
-Ceremony 2pm to 3pm
(from 3 to 5 we would be taking picture somewhere else)
Reception starts @ 4pm
-Cocktail hour 4pm – 5pm
-Grand Entrance 5pm
-Dinner (maybe around) 5:15pm
We rented the hall till midnight
Do you guys think that an 8hr reception is too much.. Should we start it later maybe around 5pm.
Will people be mad because they have to go back home or mingle somewhere for about 2hrs before reception?
Post # 8
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.