(Closed) help!!!

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
1487 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Whoa, whoa, slow down.  I felt like this.  You have a couple of options that I found to be the most effective:

(1) Have a breakfast reception.  If it’s not posisble to change your time, then call it brunch!  This was a strong contender for us, as Fiance LOVES breakfast food.  It’s often cheaper, and you can have a ton of variety.

(2) An h’ordourve’s reception.  This one can get pricey if you’re not careful, but it can be done.

(3) A dessert only reception.  This can work, and this was also a strong contender.  You can make pies, cookies, have fruit, and cake.  it doesn’t have to be expensive.  You can do a lot of it yourself, in the days before the wedding and freeze it.

Most importantly, it does not have to be a sit down meal.  It really doesn’t.  You can take this opportunity to be creative with what you do have, instead of only having a sparse sit down meal, if you wish.  Just make sure you consider all ofyour other options, instead of forcing a square peg in a round whole.  If you can’t do it, that’s fine, give thought to what you CAN do instead.

Just slow down, take a breather, and let us know what you decide! <3

Post # 4
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I agree – is the wedding fixed at 3pm? Or could you move it up to 1pm? Having a 1pm ceremony and then a cake and punch reception (or dessert and champagne, if you want to splurge a little) is DEFINITELY do-able! You can DIY a dessert buffet pretty easily, lots of cookies freeze really well, so you can start baking a batch every couple of days (different kind each time); do the cake the week of, ask aunts to bring pies – making 4 pies is only a tiny bit more work than making 1 pie, after all!

With a 2pm reception, you’ll have time for cutting the cake, doing a first dance (make use of that dj!), and a few toasts, without running into anyone’s meal time. If you want, you can meet up with close family for dinner after the reception (maybe leave around 5pm and meet them around 6:30? don’t leave together 😉 ), or younger friends for drinks at a bar later in the evening, if you want the party to continue. After the reception ends you can ask people to pay their own tabs, no problem!

ps – if you decide to go the dessert buffet route, let me know – I’ll dig up some great recipes for you!

Post # 5
222 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I totally agree — think about doing a dessert reception!  It will be something very different from what most folks are used to (I assume), so it will be very impressive, even though it will be a much lower cost option.  You can do all sorts of great DIY decorations to jazz it up.  It actually sounds like a lot of fun to me!  I’d love to be a guest at an early afternoon reception in which all I needed to worry about what how many different types of cakes, cookies, and other treats I could eat!  Perhaps all your family members could make and bring a dessert item for X amount of people, and you can make signs to designate who brought what.  It would be a great community builder.  I mean, heck, I would totally make cupcakes to add to your buffet!

I also second the fact that it definitely doesn’t need to be a sit down dinner. My fiancé and I are having a cocktail reception with only passed and stationary hors d’ouevres, and our guests are excited to experience something new!

Good luck!

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