Post # 1
Hello ladies! I wanted to get some opinions on what my fiance and I are planning. We are on a tight budget, however we both have large families we’d like to invite to our ceremony, but we can’t afford to feed them all at a sit down dinner. So we are considering having our ceremony at about 1pm with “dessert & refreshments” to follow. We are planning to serve a dessert reception with non-alcoholic drinks immediately following the ceremony.
Do you think this would be tacky? (Many on the groom’s side live out of state.)
** Our other option is to have a very small ceremony with dinner reception afterward for only about 30 people, but then we would have to cut out a ton of people.
Post # 3
@MrsSchee: It is perfectly polite to host a dessert reception as long as you have it at a non meal time (which you are). You may want to mention on your invite something like “dessert reception to follow” or something like that.
There is nothing impolite about hosting something that you can afford that has some type of refreshment and snack. That is what is required for good hosting.
Post # 4
I love that idea, and you are having it at a non-meal time, I agree with PP though, write dessert reception on the invitations so people are prepared. And have lots of different options 🙂
Post # 5
Perfectly kosher! It’s the snacking hour, people will love it!
Post # 6
I think this is a good idea. 1pm is a non-meal time, so people should be okay with just snacks/desserts
Post # 7
I think it’s perfectly fine because of the timeline you have.
Post # 8
As prior posters noted, as long as you’re having a desserts-only reception at a non-meal time, it’s completely appropriate.
Post # 9
I think it’s a great idea! You might also want to have a few none dessert items such as veggies, cheese board etc for folks who don’t have a sweet tooth. And if that isn’t something you can/ want to include then just desserts will be just fine I bet!