Post # 1
If you plan to have dancing at the wedding, is dinner supposed to be served? My FH has mentioned several times that he wants to dance at the reception, but our guest list is going to hit about 300 people. We can’t afford to feed everybody dinner, so I think a dessert reception would be best. Any ideas on how to make both ideas work?
Post # 3
Well traditional receptions do typically involve dinner first and foremost- and many also have dancing.
You don’t give any info about time of day, type of venue, availability of seating, etc. All of those things will influence how to make the ideas work.
I do think you need to have enough seating for all of your guests, but you could have the desserts served at stations and/or passed like hors d’ouvres.
Post # 4
I struggled with this also, initially just wanting to do appetizers .and finally decided that with our friends, we can count on a lot of drinking, and that means people need to EAT! It does also depend on when it is, for example our wedding is at 4:30 and then dinner/dance to follow, so we can’t hardly have a dance WITHOUT dinner, as people won’t eat before they come to a 4:30 wedding.
Post # 5
A dessert reception with dancing sounds like a great idea. You would probably want to have it later in the evening, so it’s not during normal dinner hours, and then you can just put "Dessert and Dancing to follow" at the bottom of the invite, and people will know to eat first.
There’s no rule that you have to serve dinner at a wedding. If memory serves me right, Mrs. Blueberry had a dessert reception with dancing and it was a beautiful wedding. It sounds like fun!
Post # 6
I had a dessert reception…and dancing (if you want to say that since neither my family nor my hubby’s family really danced…haha). We had our reception at around 2:30 so we didn’t have to serve a full meal. We basically just did wedding party intros, the toasts, and the father/daughter and mother/son dances with some time to eat and mingle in between and then left the rest of the time for dancing. Everyone loved the dessert and appetizer buffets…just a bummer that no one really danced, despite all the effort I and my wedding party put into getting people out on the dance floor! Anyways, you can def make it work!