Post # 1
I was reading in a bridal magazine how a couple served only desserts at their reception and I really like that idea. Our ceramony is at 2 and that will put the recption at about 3. My question is: Would it be ok to just have desserts and fruit(for the diet-concious) since the timing is between meal-times? Any and all ideas welcome
Post # 3
we really considered just having a champagne and dessert reception as well. Its what I wanted but the hubs really wanted to offer hor’s dorvours (i give up on spelling that)
Have you considered having an afternoon tea reception. Maybe offer a coffee bar- with some fun additions guests can add. And assorted teas to go along with your desserts. Just talking about it makes me want to get married again to do that!
Post # 4
I would still serve some light appetizers but make the main focus (maybe with flower arrangements and lighting) the dessert table.
I’m not a huge dessert fan and would rather have something different. But that’s just me.
Post # 5
i agree with bellenga what about light appertizer. I think that , that would be find.
Post # 6
I was so all over doing this until my fiance said that he wanted to have an actual meal. He said he didn’t want to have to eat McDonald’s before the wedding and again, have to go the fast food route afterward on our way to the airport/hotel.
I am a dessert junkie!!
Post # 7
We considered this as an option too! FI and I both have a weakness for sweets, so it seemed perfect. Our plans have since changed (mostly due to departure time for the honeymoon), and so has our menu. I will admit that having too much sweet stuff and no "real food" was a concern of mine in the beginning. We never really had to address this concern b/c of the change in plans, so I’m afraid I can’t be of any help really. I would advise you to serve the fruit you mentioned in your post (we have several diabetic guests that would have been left out without an option like this). I’ve also heard of a coffee reception (like beesknees mentioned) with desserts served, and it was a hit! Let us know what you decide!
Post # 8
Thank you ladies soo much for all of your responses! We have decided to do the "Just Desserts" with a few lighter options (such as fruit, whole grain crackers and such) also because our wedding date is October 15th(peak foliage season) we are going to go with a traditonal New England fall dessert theme (pumpkin roll, apple spice cake, apple pie etc) AND for drinks we are going to have Hot Apple Cider(YUM! MY FAVE) flavored coffees, pumkin spice drink and assorted cold drinks. Again, thank you all for your imput!
Post # 9
I think it is a really fun option for a more casual wedding that your guests would really enjoy. I think it would be really helpful if you included a description of this in your invitation so that people know what to expect (I would be really excited to learn that I was going to a dessert party, but a bit disappointed if I expected a full meal)
Post # 10
@professorbee – I was planning on specifing the desserts only concept in the invites. . . any ideas on how to word it? I’m not quite sure . . .maybe "Please join us for some famous New England desserts? OR Please join us for New Englands favorite fall sweets? any ideas?
Post # 11
I like the idea of having a mid-afternoon dessert receptions!
I would word it like Dessert Reception to Immediately Follow at the bottom of the invite.
I think you could do such cute things like a fruit and cheese platter, Wedding Cake with some kind of homemade icecream (or just buy it and call it something fancy), Maybe little bite sized cheese cakes on a skewer with a caramel, chocolate and strawberry dipping sauce. And local in season pies/cakes would bring a unique feel to it. You do need to have a coffee and tea station as well as punch and possibly sodas.
If you really feel uncomfortable about having just sweets then I would add a big veggie platter with dip, assorted meats and cheeses platter, and bakery bread, and a few condiments (mayo mustard whatever). All of these you can pick up at almost any grocery store and decorate it up a bit and call it your sandwhich bar!
Post # 12
Sounds like a lot of fun, Sara! We’re not serving a full meal, either. I think if there’s enough food to go around, people won’t miss the traditional sit-down trimmings and trappings.
Post # 13
@Laural- oooo! i LOVE the bit-size cheescake on a skewer ! That is such a cool idea! And really like the fruit /cheese idea also
@Lmariea- Thanks I agree, plus our ceremony is kinda at a weird time (right between lunch and dinner) so why not ahve a little dessert before dinner
Post # 14
SaraBMarried– I love this idea! It is like a cocktail reception, with a twist! I have learned that in many cases, money can be saved by having passed food (and it seems super classy/expensive)! Maybe your invite could say something like "please join us for desserts and dancing" etc etc (all the details). That way, if you are concerned about your guests expecting something else, they will know just what to expect food wise! I love the idea of a color coordinated "candy bar" using different containers for each candy (this comes out very cheap and people seem to love it if you put out, say, new chinese food boxes for filling). Sundaes look super sophisticated in martini glasses, and cost less since they require less volume. If you have a person "making custom martini glass sundaes" it will seem really fancy and fun without costing alot.
Post # 15
Our daughter decided on a dessert reception because they wanted to keep it short and simple, and honestly to save a little money. It was great. My only advice is to plan on your guests sampling everything! Our planner thought the guests would only get a few samplings since it was all so sweet….not true! They want to try it all. So be prepared.