(Closed) Dessert Only Reception?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Are you having a ceremony too? You need to make sure both start late enough that they can get dinner before. Dinner is usually eaten between 5 and 7, so I’d say a 7:30 ceremony might work. Just make sure they know you’re only serving dessert, and I think it will be just fine:)

Post # 4
541 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Etiquette says it is acceptable not to serve dinner after 8pm.  I went to an amazing dessert reception (every chocolate lovers dream). The couple just made sure to emphasize that it was a dessert reception and also offered suggestions for restaraunts in the area (for those from out of town).

Post # 6
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

This sounds like a wonderful idea. πŸ™‚

I would probably go for an 8 o’clock reception if you’re doing dessert only. This gives your guests time to eat dinner before hand but it’s not too late. I don’t know what your budget is, but maybe also incorporating dessert drinks into your reception could be a nice touch!

Post # 7
483 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I think that a 7:00 ceremony would be fine!  πŸ™‚  I LOVE the idea of a dessert reception!  I actually write about Budget Weddings for another site and that was the topic that I just submitted!  Go for it!

Post # 8
925 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Yeah, I would say later is better.  Not being a real desert person, I would definitely want to eat dinner before going.  Sounds like it could be really sweet though! lol

Post # 9
53 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

This is an awesome idea!  Since when do you have to serve  a 5 course meal to throw a party?  I think 7:30 to 8.  I wouldn’t do any later and I would do the cake cutting and any other traditions right away – I know my grandpa can’t make it much past 9:00 πŸ™‚

Post # 10
3098 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I had a dessert reception. As already stated, start it after 7pm (our ceremony was at 7, reception at 8), have some salty and non sweet things (we had gourmet cheese and crackers, cubed bread and dipping oils) and have some sugar free options (clearly labeled) for any diabetic guests. Also, state on your invite that it is a dessert reception and if you have a wedding website, state it again and offer some restaurant recommendations near the venue.

Post # 11
4485 posts
Honey bee

People have dessert only receptions all the time. The best time to serve them is during a non-meal time (1-4pm or 8pm or later). You need to specify on the invite that it is desserts only. Also, contrary to popular belief, alcohol should not be served with desserts only. If your guests don’t have substantial food in their stomachs, sugar only makes the alcohol enter the blood stream much quicker than normal, making guests drunk and sick near immediately. Many people don’t like the taste combination of sweets and alcohol either.

Post # 12
342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

That sounds lovely!  Maybe as a way to further keep costs down, instead of having a full open bar you could have a coffee bar (with cordials for the adults) or even a champagne bar with oj, raspberry liquor, elderflower liquor (super popular right now), peach nectar, etc.  That would be super fun and you could also do a virgin option with ginger ale or sparkling soda instead of champagne.

Post # 13
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

I think a dessert only reception may be the best idea ever. I totally wanted to do this, but Fiance nixed the idea. πŸ™

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