(Closed) cake and champaign reception

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

all night long

although i have nothing against a cake reception, i cannot imagine only cake and champagne keeping your guests satisfied all night long – people will leave early or sneak out to the carpark to order a pizza.   

my family is european and hubbys is mediterranean – cake and punch would not go down well at all, people expect to be fed plus they will gossip about it for years to come (dont know about your folks but our parents would be embarrassed).  what about serving heavy h’orderves at the min

Post # 4
8362 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@eloping:  <<< what she said!

I don’t really think you can have a traditional reception except for the food! A cake and punch reception is normally held straight after the ceremony and usually only goes for a few hours.

Post # 5
104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

These are the reasons my fiance and I decided to do a brunch wedding (elegant but cost effective).  The venue is very beautiful and elegant but the cost of food for brunch is way less than a dinner.  Plus the site fee and food/beverage minimums for a day wedding instead of an evening are also much more affordable for us.  If you are not opposed to a day wedding, I would recommend looking into a brunch.

Post # 6
12905 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I agree with PPs – there’s no way that just cake and champagne will satisfy your guests.  Plus, with lots of drinking on a fairly empty stomach, emans you’re going to have guests starting to get intoxicated much quicker.  I’ve honestly never been to a “cake only” reception – when I go to a wedding, I expect a full meal, or at the very least, heavy appetizers. 

Unless you clearly state that it’s a dessert reception, and you offer things other than cake, I don’t see this going over well, sorry.

Post # 7
1375 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

A cake and champagne or punch reception is fine… if it is held at a non-meal time.

If you decide to go this route, your ceremony should be either late enough so people will have already had dinner, or early enough so that guests will have just had breakfast or lunch.

Honestly, if I came to a reception that ONLY had cake and alcohol, I wouldn’t stay very long.  Cake and booze do not sit well in my stomach just the two of them, and my guess is a lot of people are like that.

Post # 8
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Cake and champagne can work if the timing is right – it’s perfect for a short and sweet mid-afternoon reception.  Ideally, it would start at 2 PMish and last until 4 or 5, putting you squarely in between-meal territory.

But if you want the standard 4-5 hour long evening reception with dancing and all the pageantry (special dances, bouquet toss, cake cutting), you will need more substantial food.  There is no polite way to host a party that spans a mealtime without providing a meal.  People will leave when they get hungry for dinner, and possibly think you are being cheap and gift-grabby by inviting so many guests that you could not afford to properly host.

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