Wedding Food & Drink: How Late Is Too Late to Eat?

Q:

We're planning to have a 7 p.m. candlelight wedding ceremony followed by a reception with a sit-down dinner. We've had a few people say they thought that was too late for dinner. But due to the church's time constraints, we can't have the wedding ceremony any earlier. What should we do?

A:

If the wedding ceremony is at 7 p.m., the reception dinner can start around 8 p.m. -- as long as the wedding reception site isn't too far away. You could simply forego the cocktail hour and launch right into supper. Besides, dinnertime technically falls between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. -- so really, you're in the clear. If your guests really think a later dinner is going to be a problem, they can simply have a snack before they arrive.

Up Next
Beautiful Wedding Reception Venue
What's the Basic Wedding Reception Timeline?

I'm not certain about the order of events at the wedding reception. Could you please give a rough timeline of the following events: receiving line, cocktail hour, first dance, champagne toast, best man and maid of honor speeches, dinner and cake cutting? I feel clueless!

by The Knot3 min read