Post # 1
My fiance and I have a very strict budget. We found a beautiful wedding venue that has a very affordable package that includes a ceremony and short reception (3 hour rental total so with the time of set up and clean up included we’ll probably have a 15 min ceremony and a 1.5 hour reception.) However, the reception package includes the food which is “beautifully displayed” sandwiches, cheese and assorted fruit. There will also be two types of drinks and wedding cake of course. The wedding will be on a Saturday..probably around 2pm. Is this okay? On the invitations should we say something like “light refreshments following the ceremony”?
Post # 3
Sounds good to me. Your ceremony is not at a meal time, so that works, and it sounds like the food will be pretty substantial anyway.
Post # 4
Yes, this is perfect for an afternoon wedding from about 2-5 pm. As PP notes, you don’t overlap a mealtime, so light refreshments is great.
Post # 5
Sounds lovely to me; the timing is perfect as people don’t usually eat mid afternoon so they won’t expect a full meal.
Post # 6
Soundsperfectly lovely to me.
Post # 9
yep its great. i think people won’t expect an elaborate meal at that time.
Post # 10
Yep! We’re a noon ceremony with reception immediately following. We’re serving sliders, mini reubens, tater tots, milkshakes and cupcakes, as well as wine and beer. It’s what we can afford!
Post # 11
That’s what I’m doing!! Hors d’ourves and then sandwich, fruit, and cheese stations 🙂
ETA: And my wedding will begin at 10AM, reception right after! It’ll be “brunch”
Post # 12
I agree, it sounds perfectly fine! 🙂 Go for it.
Post # 13
@OldMrsMcDonald: Umm…that sounds amazing and I totally wish I was invited. 🙂
Post # 14
yep, works perfectly for a short afternoon reception!!
Post # 15
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
I think it sounds great, although personally– for a reception that short, I would probably skip the sandwiches and just do cheese and fruit with the cake. Especially for a 2pm thing– everyone will eat lunch beforehand, and no one will be all that hungry; maybe you can even save a bit by limiting the menu?
Post # 16
I think it’s fine. We are having an Afternoon Tea Reception even though it’s from 12-3 instead of normal teatime. We are letting the guests know the menu ahead of time so they will be sure and eat breakfast. Our wedding is at 10:30am.
Tea SandwichesTo Include Cucumber, Chicken Salad, Ham, Roasted Beef, Welsh RarebitSweet and Savory Scones Preserves and Sweet ButterFruit and Cheese DisplayFrench Brie, Marinated Swiss, Goat Cheese, Aged Cheddar,Pepper Jack, Danish Blue, Thai Marinated Brie, Dill Havarti and Boursin CheeseFruit Compotes, Dried Fruits and NutsEnglish Water and Whole Grain CrackersAssorted Sliced Breads and BaguetteSliced Pineapple, Cantaloupe and Honeydew,Watermelon, Strawberries and GrapesAssorted Miniature QuicheFlorentine, Herb and Cheese, Smoked Ham and CheeseSavory TartletsMushroom Gruyere, Roasted Tomato and Olive, Caramelized Onion and ThymeSweet TartletsStrawberry and Vanilla Cream, Toasted Pecan, Chocolate Ganache Maids of Honour and Short Breads
We are having a gourmet Hot Tea Bar as well.
No alcohol as it will be too early, but we will have soft drinks, hot tea, iced tea, lemonade, & coffee
Wedding cake & Groom’s Cake
Plus Petite Fours as we will be getting married on my parents 45th wedding anniversary (these will serve as their cake) it’s a surprise to them.
I think your menu is fine