Sahar
Just Said Yes August 2019

I’m undecided!!!

Sahar, on July 1, 2019 at 1:23 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 14
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Should dinner at the reception be served after all the dances, or before dancing?
I will be having cocktail hour from 7-7:30pm (appetizers will be served)
Would it be to long of a wait for my guests to eat at 9pm??

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  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
    Kelly ·
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    I would do dinner before so guests don’t get hungry waiting. We did dinner first.
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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
    MrsD ·
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    9 PM seems late for dinner. We went to a wedding where the cocktail hour started at 7:30 PM, dinner was served around 10:30 PM. Even though cocktail hour had a ton of food, it was WAY too late and we were starving/exhausted by dinner. We did our first dance upon introductions, guests were seated to a plated salad during our dance. Then they went to the buffet, then speeches, then parent dances at the end opened the dance floor.

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  • Nemo
    VIP August 2018
    Nemo ·
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    We did: grand entrance, speeches, dinner, cake cutting, dances. 9 is way too late to be starting dinner.

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  • Nikita
    VIP April 2019
    Nikita ·
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    I agree with above. 9 pm is very late for dinner. Kidding, even your cocktail hour is rather late start time. A lot of people I know pointedly stop eating by the time that your cocktail hour is just beginning! By 9 pm, your guests would likely be famished.

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  • Allie
    Master August 2019
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    Yes, it would be too long for your guests to eat at 9pm. Have them eat before dances. You could start the dances while people are still eating, but I would wait until everyone has had a chance to get food.

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  • Melle
    Champion June 2019
    Melle ·
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    Woah 9p is super late. I went to a wedding where dinner serves at 8 and I was already like God this is so late
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  • Stephanie
    Dedicated May 2020
    Stephanie ·
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    Suggest you do it before and 9 pm is too late for dinner. Last thing you want are hangry guests.

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  • Sahar
    Just Said Yes August 2019
    Sahar ·
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    Thank you all so much for your feed back!!!
    I literally have no clue what I’m doing (clearly)😂
    Middle eastern weddings normally start at 7/7:30! So that’s the only reason why dinner would be so late either way😅😅😅
    Im contemplating a late dinner because my photographer has me on a specific limit! (4 continuous hours, starting from “Getting Ready” up until the Reception. So my fear would be that ill be out of time to capture the dances I want
    Dances:
    First Dance
    Mom Daughter Dance
    Traditional Dance

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  • Sahar
    Just Said Yes August 2019
    Sahar ·
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    Lmao. Oh gosh no😂
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  • Sahar
    Just Said Yes August 2019
    Sahar ·
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    10:30😱😱
    I like your timeline! Will take that into consideration for sure
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  • Sahar
    Just Said Yes August 2019
    Sahar ·
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    Thank you for your suggestion!!!🥰🥰
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  • Summerbride77
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    Summerbride77 ·
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    I agree with previous posters, 9 for dinner is too late.

    we’re doing: grand entrance/welcome speech at 7:30, dinner at 7:45, and all danced after dinner (around 8:30).
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  • Sahar
    Just Said Yes August 2019
    Sahar ·
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    Nice!! Okay noted!!! Thank you so much🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
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  • A
    Master October 2019
    Angelena ·
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    As a guest who went to my FH's cousin's wedding that was heavy on apps (I am talking buffet tables miles long of apps) then served a filet mignon dinner I was not hungry by dinner, which was served very very late around 9pm. I wasn't interested in eating dinner that late and ate too many apps lol. I would do the dinner before dancing for sure! With only a half hour for cocktails and apps you should be fine serving dinner right after that

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