(Closed) Dessert only reception?

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
8354 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I think it is a great idea for your venue and time of. I suggest researching Victorian tea parties. I just did a google search and there is a ton of suggestions and history. I think if you present it to your parents that way, they will get excited for you.


And welcome to the bee 🙂

Post # 4
494 posts
Helper bee

I personally am not one who likes sweets so I would probably be starving at your wedding. Have you looked into backyard bbq options? We are getting married in a garden too and we are doing an outdoor bbq dinner. Ours is pretty pricey but they range from very cheap to very expensive, depending on what you want to serve and how formal you want the wedding to be. Or you could just do Hor Dorves (sp?). The dessert buffet just sounds way too sweet for me.

Post # 5
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I think you can totally pull this off!  Just choose something that isn’t a meal time so people don’t expect to get a meal, and you’ll be fine.

Check out this awesome dessert wedding that was over on apracticalwedding.com a while back:


and then she came back and wrote up a how-to on catering your own dessert reception:


Post # 6
303 posts
Helper bee

I am allll about cake, so I think this is a great idea. If you google “cake and punch” or “high tea” you might find some suggestions for how to pull it all together, menus etc.

Though, like others have said, you should make sure you get the word out that there won’t be a heavy meal. That way, people can eat a cheeseburger first..even people who are allll about cake..ahem

Post # 7
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Maybe consider adding some type of fruit to your menu as well.  It’s sweet enough to go along with desserts, but guests who may not want actual desserts would enjoy it.

Post # 8
4547 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

As long as you let guess know that there won’t be a heavy meal, then I think it’s a great idea! It’ll be a lot cheaper and since you’re having a garden ceremony tea, light food, and dessert would be great! A dessert buffet sounds yummy! I understand it’s tough when you’re parents have a certain idea about what your wedding should be like but it’s YOUR wedding and it sounds like you guys are paying for it.

Post # 9
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

 I can so sympathize…because when I presented the idea  of a “dessert reception” to my parents, they didn’t like the idea at all. “What do you mean the guests don’t get a meal?!” Despite the fact that not too long ago it was traditional to do a cake cutting at the church and that was it, right? So…I did a little research and changed it to a tea by adding finger foods as well as fruit, crackers, cheese, Italian cookies, assorted petit fours and, of course, the cupcake wedding cake. We’ll have wine, tea and cider as drinks. The finger foods seemed to calm my parents and by now (four months away) they’ve gotten to really liking the idea. It may also have had to do with the fact that a tea was far less expensive than a full sit down dinner. We’re getting married at a historical home within a park. Can’t wait to see it!

Post # 10
3226 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

um, I’d LOVE to go to a wedding like that. nom nom nom!

Post # 11
3098 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I had a dessert reception! It was fine – no one starved to death! 😉

PM me if you want menu details.

Post # 12
3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Sounds like a good idea to me! I would rather have a dessert reception then what we are having so we could have invited more people!

Post # 13
11 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

We decided to have a dessert party and it was awesome!  We had lots of cookies and cheesecake but we also had a cheese tray and hummus and dip.  It was very nice and very us so people loved it.  I would however have a special kind of punch that people can drink.  We also had lots of soda cans and my brother in law arranged them in the shape of a heart, with the red coke cans on the outside.

Good luck!  I think it will be lovely.

Post # 14
2641 posts
Sugar bee

I think the idea is fine, as I love desserts. 

I’m just wondering, for those who have had dessert receptions, (or to the OP, what your plans are), how long were your receptions?  I’m just guessing without dinner, the receptions couldn’t carry on too long.

Post # 15
3098 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

@Tanya123: Ceremony was a 7pm, reception started after and lasted until about midnight.

Post # 16
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Go for it!  3:30 in the afternoon is the perfect time to serve desserts/light refreshments because it is outside of normal meal times.  Nobody will starve.  You can note “dessert reception to follow” on the invitations to make sure everybody knows what to expect, but if I were invited to a mid-afternoon wedding I would not expect a full meal – I don’t like to eat big heavy meals in the middle of the day, anyway.

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