(Closed) Dessert Buffet; what time of day?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I would say that the only time people aren’t going to expect some sort of actual food is very late in the evening. You could maybe get away with the middle of the afternoon, but I still think you would need savory dishes, such as tea sandwiches, cheeses, etc. around 3. 

This is how I feel about it.

If your reception starts around 11, I think Brunch. Around noon-1pm is lunch for me. Anything from 4pm on requires real food in my mind. I think to serve a dessert buffet, t would have to start around 8pm.  

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

We did a cookie buffet reception and did it in the middle of the afternoon. The ceremony started at 2pm. I figured that gave guests time to get something to eat before they came and would get them out of there by about 6pm in time to eat dinner.

I personally think that the key to doing an alternative reception is to let guests know. We put a reception card in the invitations that said that the ceremony would be followed by cookie buffet reception, that the cookies would be made by a dear friend, and if anyone wanted a preview to see her website. I then said, "What better to accompany wonderful cookies, than coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and of course… good old fashion elementrary school approved milk!"

We heard no complaints! All our close friends ended up going out to dinner together after we left for the hotel. It worked out perfectly and was a WONDERFUL way to save money!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

That is a cute idea Bonnie and a great time of the day. I stand corrected!

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