Post # 1
My significant other and I have chosen an afternoon garden wedding, and although it was not mentioned on the original invitation, as a part of the RSVP process guests have recieved all sorts of information including that the reception will be “cake and punch” The wedding is at 2 the reception is at 3. If you were attending, exactly what would you expect to be at the reception? What does “cake and punch” mean to you?
Post # 3
to me it says that we’re having cake and punch and not a meal. pretty straight forward.
Post # 4
It means cake and punch to me!
Post # 5
I would think there isn’t a full meal and just dessert and no alcohol. I would take it as a cue to eat before the wedding.
Post # 6
I think it means that there isn’t a full meal of any kind and that there will be cake (and maybe other desserts? but I wouldn’t count on it) and punch 🙂
Post # 7
I would think cake (wedding cake!!) and punch as in drinks but not a full bar
Post # 8
I agree with the girls above. It seems pretty straight forward to me that it’s dessert only and no alcohol.
I think if I was you, I would just be concerned that people gloss over it, not necessarily not understand it. I think lots of girls here have said that they’ve sent out invites & will still get asked when the date is. So, I would make sure it was on the wedding website & use word of mouth to emphasize it.
Post # 9
I would think cake or other sweets and non-alcoholic drinks and a bit of mingling
Post # 11
Short and sweet reception with no meal, no alcohol and no dancing. I agree with those that say you should be prepared for some of your guests to still be surprised as not everyone reads invitations thoroughly. Some of our guests have been surprised to hear that our wedding is in the morning even though the time is right there on the invite!
Post # 12
Yup, cake and punch! We said “dessert reception” and did a selection of mini-desserts along with our cake. Mmmmm, wish I had some cake right now.
Post # 13
Ok, I just wanted to ask, because I have been verbally reinforcing this at work by saying–wedding is at 2, reception is at 3 just cake and punch. Today I was asked, “So no chicken salad or anything” And she was shocked when I said, no, there will be a giant blue wedding cake, diet and regular lemonade, petit fours and napkins :P, but it is at 3 so everyone else can go out to dinner and hangout with eachother afterwards. She acted like I was insane.
Post # 14
I think it helps your guests “figure it out” because you aren’t having the reception over a standard meal time as well.
Post # 15
I think between the time of day, the wording and now that it’s being spread by word of mouth, hopefully everyone will get it. If not, they will when they get there!
Post # 16
I think it sounds great!!! I would probably still expect alcohol (is that an Australian thing? our punch is often alcoholic and I would expect champagne too maybe bc Australians tend to have booze at every event) but I wouldn’t be overly surprised to see it wasn’t there (I would tell myself “well they said cake and punch so what did you expect”). This is the kind of reception I keep thinking people should have if they a) don’t want to spend a fortune and/or b) are expected to invite 300 people. Sounds lovely to me.