(Closed) Cake and Punch wedding!?!

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think a cake and punch reception is charming.  Early afternoon is probably a good time for something like this, post-lunch, but pre-dinner.  Maybe 2ish?  Also, people won’t stay as long, so 2-3 hours is probably sufficient.  I would go the route of offering a cheese plate or small sandwiches, too.  Sounds fun!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

YES!!!! Love the Simplicity…. back to what it’s all about!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I think Central Market could be quite nice.  But, you might consider Cafe Express too.  Since you’re only having 60 people, it might not be too much for light finger food.

We did a light breakfast for 40 people before our wedding and used Cafe Express.  They brought plates and everything right to where we were at our local park (we didn’t invite all our friends to the wedding–it was mostly family and my parents’ friends).

Instead of punch, you could do a berry lemonade.  If you do water, it’d be nice to do slices of cucumber.  Or if you do sodas, the old fashioned glass bottles are fun.  I saw some at Costco yesterday.  Maybe coffee too?

Oh, and to save $$, you might consider ordering your wedding cake by tier size, rather than by serving.  I was going to go with Central Market (or even HEB) for my wedding cake, but it was way more expensive than one of our local bakers (and the baker’s cake was tastier).

Post # 6
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Helper bee

One of the most beautiful and romantic weddings I’ve ever attended was an aunt’s afternoon wedding and reception where they served cake and champagne (instead of champagne you can serve sparkling cider)…..they also had large galvanized washtubs of Jones soda, an old fashioned lemonand stand (decorated adorable) a coffee bar and that’s it. This was all outside beside an old barn and they had old quilts and blankets spread on the ground, picnic tables and a few chairs. The only decorations was mason jars with candles inside hanging from the trees and old galvanized beverage water cans with wildflowers on the picnic tables. The brides bouquet was a bunch of wildflowers tied with raffia.

The entire wedding and reception cost them $1,800.00 for about 75 people.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

It’s perfectly fine! But I wouldn’t do it at dinnertime. Early afternoon for sure.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think a cake and punch reception is absolutely fine! I don’t blame you for wanting to stay within your budget. There are ways you can “jazz it up” to make it a little more festive as appropriate for a wedding celebration…I love the reception that Golden Ticket described!

 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

Does your invitation say, Reception immediately following?  if so, then it’s ok.

Don’t use paper . . . use either clear plastic or bamboo to keep it simple.  Personally, I like real plates, but I think it might be a lot of trouble.

If you’re going to do 7 layer dip, how about wraps or pinwheels instead of traditional sandwiches (or a combo of both)?

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I really like your idea but I think a 4 o clock wedding is to late – that means the reception will be over many people’s dinner time 4:30-6:30.

Could you push it back to 1pm or 2pm?

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Early afternoon– like 2pm. My friend did this and it was awesome!

Not too much later than that or people will eat way too much food and you’ll run out.

Post # 14
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Helper bee

4:00 may be a little too late……any way you can push it up a couple of hours?

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

The cake and punch wedding sounds lovely. I do agree with PP you might want to start the reception earlier but you know your guests better that I do. Your wedding will be fabulous and wonderful, please take plenty of pictures.

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