Do you cut the cake before speeches?

Toasts can be before or after the cutting of the cake, depending when you cut the cake. At Craig y Nos Castle, toasts are normally done at some point during the Wedding Breakfast, not at the Evening Party. If however you were only having an evening wedding function, then Toasts would be done before the first dance.

Is cake cutting before or after first dance?

Stick to Tradition

Traditionally, the bride and groom serve wedding cake in between dinner and dancing, often following the couple's first dance. This is mainly because cake cutting serves as a silent clue that guests can start heading home, especially if they aren't planning to stay for the after-party.

When should you cut the cake?

Though it usually happens much earlier today, cutting your cake still serves that same purpose (especially for older guests). These days, the cake is usually cut toward the end of dinner, just before dancing begins, and is the last "official" event of the evening.

Do you cut the cake before evening guests arrive?

Many wedding planners will advise cutting the cake fairly early on in the evening, so shortly after evening guests arrive is usually the perfect time followed immediately by the first dance.

How do you announce the cake cutting?


MC INTRODUCTION: “And now comes the cutting of that beautiful cake (find out who made it and announce that). So I'd like… (bride)…and… (groom)…to walk around to the front of the bridal table to perform their first duty as husband and wife.”

Blessing and Cutting of Wedding Cake

How do you introduce a speech at a wedding?

Wedding Speech Opening Lines: Simple and Sincere Opening Lines. "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and thank you (name) for the kind introduction." "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. As (name's friend/relative), I'm delighted to welcome you all here tonight."

Do you cut the cake before the first dance UK?

We cut ours before the 1st dance ... and before the evening guests arrived as it was suposed to be cut up and served with the evening buffet and the staff need to have time to cut it up.

What time should evening guests arrive?

Many wedding venues insist the music stops at Midnight, so it's a good idea to work the timings back from this point. If you have your wedding venue until Midnight then from experience we find the most common time for evening guests to arrive is around 7 to 7:30pm.

What do you wear to an evening reception?

Evening wear is most appropriate here. For men, this typically means a dark tuxedo, a white dress shirt, a coordinating bow tie, a cummerbund, and suspenders (optional), says Corry. Dress shoes, like oxfords, are suitable. Women can wear either a long gown or a dressy cocktail dress.

What is cake cutting ceremony?

Cutting the cake is a long-held wedding tradition during which the bride and groom pause the party so guests can watch them slice and serve dessert.

Who is supposed to cut the wedding cake?

It's tradition for the bride and groom to cut the first slice of cake during the reception, but after they've shared this special piece, is it their job to serve all of their guests? Simply put.

What tier do you cut on wedding cake?

Your baker will often recommend you cut from the bottom tier. This might sound obvious, but remember to use the knife, not the server, for the quickest and cleanest cut. (The slice can be modest since you really only need two bites' worth.) Slide the slice onto the server, then place it on a plate.

What is the order of wedding speeches?

You can do whatever works for you with your wedding speeches, but the traditional order of wedding speeches is as follows: father of the bride, groom, best man and then other toasts. It's becoming increasingly popular for brides and maids of honour to make speeches too!

What is the order of dances at a wedding reception?

First Dance Etiquette
  • The bride and groom share the first dance.
  • The father of the bride then dances with the bride. The groom may also dance with the mother of the bride.
  • Next, the bride's mother and father dance together. ...
  • The dance floor then opens up to the bridesmaids and groomsmen. ...
  • After that, it's a free-for-all.

What is the order of events at a wedding reception?

Wedding Reception Order of Events
  • Cocktail Hour. After the ceremony, the couple, their families, and wedding party head off with the photographer to pose for pictures. ...
  • Arrivals. ...
  • Dinner. ...
  • Toasts. ...
  • First Dance. ...
  • Dancing. ...
  • Bouquets & Garter Tosses. ...
  • Cake Cutting.

Who normally gives speeches at weddings?

Traditionally, the maid of honor and best man give a toast at the reception, just before dinner is served. It's also common for at least one parent to give a speech.

When should groom arrive at ceremony?

First look: 15-30 minutes. Groom and groomsmen arrive: An hour and a half before the ceremony. Bride and bridesmaids arrive: An hour* before the ceremony.

When should you do first dance?

Generally, the first dance takes place at the very beginning of a wedding reception, immediately following the bride and groom's entrance.

What comes first father daughter dance or bride and groom?

Most brides have the father-daughter dance right after their first dance with their spouse. If you don't want to have it after the first dance, other good times to squeeze it in are following the toasts and before the cake cutting.

How long should dancing last at a wedding?

Dancing should last anywhere between one-and-a-half and two-and-a-half hours. There will be a natural ebb and flow to the dance floor for the remainder of the evening, but believe us when we tell you that an hour is way too short and anything past two hours starts to get a little tiresome.

How do I make a wedding day schedule?

Wedding Day Reception Timeline: Everything You Need to Know
  1. COCKTAIL HOUR. Time: 1 hour. ...
  2. INVITATION TO DINNER. Time: 15 minutes. ...
  3. GRAND ENTRANCE. Time: 10 minutes. ...
  4. FIRST DANCE. Time: 5 minutes. ...
  5. WELCOME TOASTS. Time: 5 minutes. ...
  6. DINNER. Time: 45 minutes. ...
  7. WEDDING PARTY TOASTS. Time: 10 minutes. ...
  8. PARENT DANCES. Time: 10-15 minutes.

How do you end a wedding speech?

“Please raise your glass to a long, happy and healthy future for [insert bride and groom's names here].” “Please raise your glass to the most important people in the room… friends and family.” Finally, please make sure you use the names of members of the wedding party during any wedding toasts, not just their titles.

Does the mother of the groom give a speech?

What is FAQ? The mother of the groom can give a speech or just a toast at the rehearsal dinner, as she is one of the hosts of the event. There are some details that a speech should include, such as special memories, stories about the couple, and of course, the toast.

How long should a father of the bride speech be?

Keep it short. Though you've been waiting for this day to come for many years, try to keep your toast short and sweet. The ideal length is about five or six minutes with the three-minute mark being your lowest threshold for a proper speech.