"Cake and champagne reception" on invites?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Which of the following should appear at the bottom of the invite?
    Cake and champagne reception to follow : (72 votes)
    83 %
    Cake reception to follow : (15 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
    9949 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    What time will this all happen?  I like the sound of “cake and champagne reception to follow”…but I’m worried about the time.

    Post # 5
    2878 posts
    Sugar bee

    I like ”Cake and champagne reception”. That’s what you’re doing, even if it’s not unlimited champagne. The most important thing is to let your guests know there will not be any meal served during the reception hour, so they can plan their day accordingly. 

    Post # 6
    9949 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @MissScarlett:  I think that’s perfect, then.  It’ll take, what, like 30 minutes to get married?  Then you serve cake and champagne, socialize for a bit, and everyone’s gone by the LATEST 5pm.  That sounds lovely.  

    Post # 7
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I think cake and champagne reception sounds nice–People don’t generally chug champagne, so I don’t feel like it’s misleading!

    Post # 8
    689 posts
    Busy bee

    I would definitely put “cake and champagne reception to follow” just to give pple a heads up on what to expect.

    Post # 9
    5432 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

    Our invitations say ‘cake and champagne reception to follow’ (: We used it as an alternative to ‘cake and punch’ and so that guests know that there won’t be a formal sit-down meal or a DJ/dance floor. We’re having a bellini bar, tea sandwiches, tons of cake/dessert, and having our string trio play. Our wedding is at 11 am and we’re having a lunch reception – it was our way of letting people know that we were keeping things light, but still classy aha.

    ETA: whoops aha, ours actually say ‘champagne and cake reception to follow’ 😉 I think it’s a pretty and somewhat unexpected addition – I think you should go for it!

    Post # 10
    1242 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    @MissScarlett:  Are you serving any other dessert(s), or just the cake?

    Post # 13
    455 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @MissScarlett:  “Reception to follow” is the correct wording. Describing the kind of food or entertainment that will be provided is poor form. Guests will understand that you will have light refreshments at 2pm. Your wedding sounds lovely!

    Post # 14
    1532 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Cake and champaign toast to follow?

    Post # 15
    63 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @merpitymerp:  I think a lot of people expect to be fed after a wedding, regardless of the time.  I think doing light refreshments after the ceremony is perfectly appropriate, but OP is probably better off making that clear on the invitation.

    Post # 16
    1302 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @rosiedee:  I agree – I would expect a full meal if “reception to follow” was on the invitation, and then I would probably be disappointed when I showed up and there was only cake.

    I think you should let you guests know exaclty what to expect and then everyone will be on the same page and be happy!

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