Reception ideas. To have or not to have an ice cream tricycle?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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918 posts
Busy bee

I have no idea what an ice-cream tricycle is, but it sounds fantastic!  I think you should get one!

Post # 4
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I have no idea what it is.. do you have pictures?

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hi @dancing_nancies:  I see this is your DEBUT POST on WBee, so first & foremost a BIG Welcome to “the Hive”

Your plans sound lovely.

I assume by an Ice-Cream Tricycle you mean one of these (aka a Street Ice Cream Vendor… realizing that people the world over on WBee call stuff by different names)

I could see where this would be good idea if:

1- You are having your Wedding when it is expected to be a HOT day

2- You have a lot of kids attending

3- You plan for it after the main festivities… say after the major food is served (dessert)

OR

One was having a low-key outdoor Afternoon or Evening Wedding on a hot day and there wasn’t going to be a lot of eats served at all… Cake & a Bevvy

If your Wedding Reception is going to be over by 6 PM, I’d say that this one is a hard one to make a call on…

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee

Ohh, okay, now I understand.  I think it depends on when you decide to have your main meal.  If it’s going to be at around 1.30pm, straight after the ceremony, then I don’t think an ice-cream cart is necessary as you’ll be having dessert after the meal.  If, on the other hand, you’re not serving the meal until 4pm, then an ice-cream cart right after the ceremony would be good to tide people over until the meal, as some will probably not have eaten lunch prior to the ceremony.

Post # 7
Hostess
7630 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

If you’re worried about the weather, have you thought about hosting at a restaurant? 

Post # 11
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think icecream would be great [now that I see what a icecream trike is!].

Esp. if you could do all types of toppings and stuff.. like a DIY sundae bar!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I love those ice-cream tricycles! However, what I would say is that they aren’t entertainment, as such, if you are worried about your guests being under-occupied. Also, if you plan to have a cocktail hour followed by a meal that includes dessert, I’m not sure whether your guests are likely to have room for ice cream as well so it could be an expensive add-on that doesn’t justify the cost.

I honestly think that you shouldn’t worry about your guests being bored. They are at a wedding, not a performance of some sort and if they aren’t the dancing types, will probably be perfectly happy eating, drinking and chatting. You don’t have to provide entertainment as such and I’d have said a Scalextric and lawn games would be more than enough. 

Post # 15
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2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@dancing_nancies:  I really wouldn’t worry. What I would do is work out a timeline that keeps things moving along and doesn’t offer very much of an opportunity for chunks of silence to creep in. Also, take care to design a seating plan (if you are having one) that keeps friends and relatives together. That way they will at least be in known, quiet company! 

Having said this, I come from a lively family that love a good conversation and while we’re not great drinkers, we do enjoy social events. It came as a bit of a shock to discover that my ex-husband’s family were quite different (I was much younger then!) but I soon realised that being quiet was no indication of not having a good time. They just enjoyed themselves more quietly!

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