Post # 1
DILEMMA: My Fiance and I are trying to figure something out. We are inviting ~225 people to our wedding and reception. We are inviting my entire church (about 100 people) to the ceremony as well.We were planning on having a coffee-hour after the ceremony because the church has a cafe. We are also thinking about having the wedding cake at this time and doing toasts. We would have the reception about an hour and a half later and were thinking about just having a cookie/sweets table for dessert… I need some thoughts! My college roommate is sick of hearing me talk about all of this.
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Our reception is outside in June so having the cake inside would open up more flavor combinations (custards, etc. that would be safe to serve inside).
Post # 3
I think that is a good idea. That way the people from your church who aren’t invited to the regular reception can have a little snack with you after the ceremony!
Post # 4
I think you should do the sweets/cookie table with coffee hour. I don’t know about everyone else, but I like dunking cookies or some biscotti into my tea or coffee. Then have the cake at the reception.
Though if you want a specific cake thats better served indoors, then just have cake at the ceremony – or you could have a cupcake wedding cake, that seems fitting for a coffee hour.
Post # 5
Id do the cake at the reception, but here is an idea – Cut the cake immediately when you get there. Thats what we did. After the cockatail hour, we went upstairs to come back down and be introduced. We were introduced, did our first dance, then cut the cake. That way, you get the cake cutting, but they can immediately take it in back for refrigeration (if thats an option) and you can still have your custards, etc. Have cookies and biscotti at the coffee hour, but you could always do a small cake there…like a sheet cake from a grocery store or something
Post # 6
I think both of these options work well – neither is going to make or break the guests’ experience. I personally would serve the cake at the coffee hour so you can include everyone, but I don’t think it makes a huge difference.