Best time to cut the cake???

Has anyone cut the cake at the beginning of their reception? I'd like to have as few activities as possible interrupting the dancing, and I have heard that the cake can be cut right before dinner is served. That way all eyes are on the couple, and you're not sweaty from dancing. My only concern is that it  seems strange to me to "bring up" dessert before the guests have eaten the main course.


What time in the evening did you ladies cut or are planning on doing the cake cutting ceremony?


Thanks :)

Posted on January 7, 2010 at 6:37 am
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I have the same dilemma... I don't want to start the dancing then have people stop to cut the cake.  My wedding coordinator at our venue suggested we cut the cake when we come in and before dinner starts so it can be served as part of the dessert buffet.


My FI agreed that's probably the best time for us.

Posted on January 7, 2010 at 6:38 am
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We did it after dinner and some dancing ... It really doesn't take that long to cut the cake, to be honest.  Few minutes and everyone was back to dancing.

Posted on January 7, 2010 at 6:40 am
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We did:


Entrance


First Dance


Toasts and begin dinner


Father Daughter Dance


Mother Son Dance


Cake Cutting


Anniversary Dance


Dance Party...


Bouquet Toss/Garter Removal


Dance Party

Posted on January 7, 2010 at 6:40 am
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I will be doing the same...coming in , then our first dance and then walking to our table which the cake will be near by and cut it to take pictures at that time but the cake will not be served until later that day...I want to take the picture right away so we can still look good for the photos!!

Posted on January 7, 2010 at 6:42 am
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I have been to several receptions where the cake cutting is one of the first things done.  In fact, they did just about every tradition at the beginning except the dollar dance and bouquet/garter toss, one right after the other.  It didn't bother me, but my parents weren't too fond of it because it left nothing else to do and the rest of the reception became rather boring because not many people danced.


I have also been to receptions where it wasn't cut until later.  Most guest stuck around and the receptions were a lot more fun simply because more people were there.  My parents said that, typically, cutting the cake signals that the party is winding down.


However, there are definitely added benefits to doing it before hand.  It's on less thing you have to worry about; you don't have to fret over it falling or getting destroyed throughout the party; if your photographer is contracted for so many hours, you know you'll get the pictures of the cake cutting before (s)he lives and without having to pay overtime fees.


FH and I have not discussed when we will cut it, but I have a feeling we will do it right after dinner, probably while everyone is still finishing up eating.  I agree that it does seem weird to be cutting into dessert before you've eaten anything else.

Posted on January 7, 2010 at 6:44 am
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I guess our only problem would be that we'd be coming in and then going into the hora. 20 minutes of dancing in a circle and being lifted up in a chair - it looks like we're going to be sweaty and red faced for pictures no matter what we do..LoL

Posted on January 7, 2010 at 6:44 am
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ditto midnyte....we cut the cake, and while it was being served, we moved onto bouquet and garter tosses...so by the time guests made it back to their tables, cake was awating them...

Posted on January 7, 2010 at 6:45 am
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thanks for the advice ladies :)


I'm sure we'll come up with a good battle plan!

Posted on January 7, 2010 at 7:39 am

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