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.


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