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Precious
VIP August 2015

Updated w/ Timeline When do/did you cut the cake?

Precious, on June 4, 2015 at 2:53 PM Posted in Planning 0 14
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We are working on our timeline. So far we have toasts during dinner. After dinner special dances. The coordinator recommends cutting the cake after the special dances. Then after the cake cutting opening up the dance floor. But I feel like at that point no one will be dancing because they are eating cake.

Should we do the cake cutting before the special dances so while we have special dances people can eat cake? Then the dance floor can open up after the special dances.

When are/did you cut the cake?

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Latest activity by Precious, on June 4, 2015 at 8:05 PM
  • BlessedandFavored
    Expert June 2015
    BlessedandFavored ·
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    I thought you cut cake after dinner. That's how I'm doing mine. Unless you're not having dinner at your reception.

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  • pinguino
    VIP September 2015
    pinguino ·
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    I thought you cut the cake after dinner too, but our venue contact said they usually do it right after the intros before dinner. She said this is so that the cake can be taken back to the kitchen to be cut while dinner is being served, and can be served right after dinner.

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  • Barbara
    Master September 2014
    Barbara ·
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    We did it about an hour after dinner-- so, our first dance and then opened the dance floor (we had no other special dances) for about 50 minutes, then cake cutting.

    The cake cutting is traditionally the "unofficial" sign to let older guests know they can leave the wedding without being rude, so doing it so early seems strange to me. Things worked out really well how we did it, and you are right-- people were eating cake for a while after it was cut (myself included).

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  • OG FMP
    Master August 2015
    OG FMP ·
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    After dinner...it is desert after all ?? That's how I look at it.

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  • Precious
    VIP August 2015
    Precious ·
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    What do you think of this timeline?

    Bride & Bridesmaids Arrive 2:00 pm

    Groom & Groomsmen Arrive 2:00 pm

    Guests Arrive 4:30 pm

    Ceremony 5:00pm – 5:30pm

    Cocktail Hour 5:30pm-6:30pm

    Bridal Party Photos 5:30-6:30pm

    Guests are seated/Dinner 6:30pm

    Introduction of Bridal Party 6:45pm

    1st Dance 6:50pm

    Toasts are made during dinner 7:00pm

    Dinner is Served 7:00pm

    Ray & Precious Toast 8:15 pm

    First Love Dance 8:20pm

    Cake Cutting/Bridal & Garter Toss 8:25 pm

    Anniversary Dance 8:45 pm

    Open Dancing/Mingling 8:50pm

    Last Call at Bar 9:40pm

    End 10:00pm

    Gather all belongings 10:00pm – 11:00pm

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  • Precious
    VIP August 2015
    Precious ·
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    * first Love dance is replacing the stand alone mother/son and mother/daughter dance. Doing them at the same time

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  • Precious
    VIP August 2015
    Precious ·
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    We will have about 150 guests. I think I was generous with how long some of the special stuff would take. So we are looking at an hour minimum for dancing.

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  • VWCat
    Master October 2015
    VWCat ·
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    We're cutting it as dinner is winding down after the toasts.

    Reason: Right after the toasts, everyone's attention will be focused on the B&G. Smiley smile

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  • Moss Wedding
    Devoted January 2016
    Moss Wedding ·
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    We are married at 4pm, then cocktail hour, reception at 5:30, special dances begin around 7 and we are going to do our cake cutting about 9pm. People will be so full from dinner. We are having a four course meal. At about 11pm, we are having a live Belgium waffle and fresh fruit bar opening up. Last call at the bar is 1am.

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  • LindseyC
    Super October 2015
    LindseyC ·
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    It must be different in Canada because last call for us is 1:30 AM. I don't think I've ever been to a wedding that ended before midnight.

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  • Kristen
    Devoted November 2014
    Kristen ·
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    We cut ours after dinner and then they waited to serve it. What is Ray & Precious toast?

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  • Mrs.Goose
    VIP November 2015
    Mrs.Goose ·
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    We will be cutting ours shortly after the introductions, before dinner. We are only doing a cutting cake and the venue is providing dessert!

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  • Julia
    Super March 2016
    Julia ·
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    @lindsayc, It might be a Canadian thing. The only wedding that I've ever been to that has gone past midnight was my cousin's in Canada.

    I like cutting the cake after dinner. I have seen it done before dinner where it's ENTRANCE-FIRST DANCE-FATHER DAUGHTER-MOTHER GROOM-CUT THE CAKE then time for dinner. I think it feels very rushed and like they're only happening to get them over with. I like the idea of spreading things out a little.

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  • Precious
    VIP August 2015
    Precious ·
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    We are getting married on a Sunday and we are only renting the venue for 5 hours.

    The Ray and Precious toast is what my coordinator is calling FH and I saying a few words, thanking people and what not.

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