(Closed) Dessert, Drinks, Dancing

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

the only thing i’m thinking is that, if you are hosting people during a time of day when dinner is normally served, it may not go over well not to feed them anything substantial.

especially when you’re serving alcohol, too.  where i work, we’re not allowed to serve alcohol at events unless there are at least heavy hors d’ouvres involved, as serving lots of alcohol to basically empty stomachs can equal disaster.

just my two cents.  wishing you lots of luck in your planning!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

absolutly- but make sure you time it right so people can eat before or after, esp if there is drinking!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

I’m a dessert freak, so I think it’s a great idea! I know a lot of people who aren’t big dessert fans, but since you’re serving appetizers too, I think it would be fine! 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

ok i didnt read the times right, i think you might need to feed people if the reception is at 6. could you make it later? like at 8? that gives people time to eat.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I think it is a little strange to have your wedding and reception during dinnertime, and you’re not providing dinner. I don’t know if I could last from before 4:30 (factor in transit time) until the end of the reception without something other than dessert. I’d probably leave early to go get some dinner. Even if you specified on your invitation that is was only dessert, I don’t know what I’d do as a guest.

Another thing to consider- this especially affects out of town guests who might be staying at a hotel and can’t just grab something at home and then come to the wedding.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I agree that it’d be too long of a stretch to postpone the reception to 8 when your ceremony starts at 4:30 – i think you might have to break down and have a meal. but you could have fun with the type of meal you serve (like a taco bar, or something festive and interactive).

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I wouldn’t do a ceremony at 4:30pm and then reception at 6pm. People need food–that’s dinner time. Just dessert at 6pm isn’t enough–people will be leaving at 8pm to go eat dinner

Post # 11
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Helper bee

I think you need to have food.  I would be starving with only desserts; when I’m hungry I feel awful if I only eat sweets.  Maybe if everyone know before hand it would be ok so they could have a big lunch.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We’re doing a dessert reception with a cake buffet and a candy table as well. BUT our wedding starts at 7, cocktail hour from 7:30-8:30 and reception from 8:30-11:30ish. having the ceremony at 7 allows for everyone to go and eat beforehand. I think your idea is great but your timing is going to cause problems.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We have a HUGE gap between our ceremony and reception.  Our ceremony is at 230 and our reception is at 6.  I was at a wedding last year where the ceremony was at 11am and the recpetion was 6pm.. people go home, they find things to do.

But, on the subject..

I think it would be better spent to do heavy appetizers and light dessert if you are planning to stick to your schedule. 

Do you have to use a particular food vendor at your venue?  Are their prices too steep?  Can you bring in your own food?

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

I agree that it’s probably not a good idea to just do desserts at dinner time.  I’m all for just desserts if it’s at 8ish when I’ve already eaten.  I think people will understand that they should stop somewhere for dinner during the down time.  You’ll have to make it clear on your invite that it’s just desserts, so giving people 2-3 hours to grab dinner doesn’t seem like it’d be a big problem.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

or serve snacks at the church if they let you- like a dinnerish cocktail hour.

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