Post # 1
my fiance and i are 23 year old students with a baby, so to say were on a budget is an understatement lol but i do have a dream venue for our wedding ceremony im not willing to compromise on. in able to affod my dream walk down the aisle and a nice short reception were going to do a dessert only. the inviatation will clearly say please join us for dessert and dancing=] this way also allows me to invite as many people as id like. i will be making my own desserts since i love to bake! but what do you think is an appropriate time for the wedding ceremony and reception since they will be two different locations i would need to give time to travel and eat on their onw.
so maybe a 530 ceremony that lasts until 630 and an 830 reception start?
what do you think>
if yu did this what kind of desserts did u serve? pictures?
Post # 3
Truthfully, the timing is way off if you want a dessert reception. The exact timing varies by your locality, meaning that dinner in NYC is often much later than dinner on the farm. Having a 2 hour gap at dinner time is unacceptable. I would suggest a 1pm ceremony followed by a 3-5 dessert/appetizer reception. If you are set on an evening reception, then start the dessert receptioon at 7:30 or later, but change the time of the ceremony to 7:00, and make sure to specify dessert reception on the invitation.
Post # 4
Yea…I don’t think I would want to go to a wedding, have to go get dinner myself, and then go to the reception for dessert. It feels too broken up. I would try to do what PP said. Do an earlier wedding with an afternoon reception (after lunch, before dinner time) or an after dinner ceremony/reception
Post # 5
We had a carnival theme reception and did only desserty/carnival foods: popcorn, cotton candy, a sundae bar, candy buffet, and wedding cake. However, we did our ceremony at 3 pm and had the reception from 3:45 to 5:45 everything was wrapped up by 6 so no supper had to be offered.
Post # 6
It’s great that you are committed to planning the wedding you can afford, and I love the idea of a dessert reception. However, I think it would be really inhospitable to have a 2 hour gap during which your guests are expected to fend for themselves for dinner. Please don’t do that.
I think you should start your ceremony at 7:30 (or depending on your circle and what time your family/friends usually eat dinner, maybe you can get away with 7:00), with dessert reception immediately to follow. That will give people time to eat dinner beforehand.
As for food, if you are self-catering, keep it simple. I love all manner of baked goods. Cupcakes, cookies, brownies… but keep in mind that a bunch of baked goods all displayed together can look very brown/beige, so to make your display festive and appetizing, include some more colorful things like fresh fruit and lemon squares. You’ll also want to include something savory like cheese/crackers for people who don’t like sweets.