(Closed) dessert reception

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
11824 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion

I’ve never been to one, but I think it’s a great alternative to dinner, as long as you make it clear in the invitations that dinner won’t be served!  There are so many creative options for a delicious spread of desserts!

Post # 4
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I went to one just this past April. It was nice, she had a bunch of things… chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate mousse, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate fountain, chocolate candy buffet… the only thing bad about it was that everything was chocolate. There was nothing without chocolate. So if you were allergic to it or just didn’t like it too much, you were stuck.  She did mention on the invite that it was a dessert reception so people didnt think there would be a dinner. She also didn’t have alcohol–odd, being that it was in the banquet room of a bar… (Maybe because the bride and groom were only 20?!?!)

Post # 5
1018 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

We are doing an afternoon wedding with cake to follow. No dinner, no hor’deurves (sp?), just cake and coffee and cider and whatnot. We might have some fruit or something there as a healthier dessert option, but I love not having to worry about all the food craziness!

Post # 6
297 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - The Grand Old House, Grand Cayman

I also think it’s a great alternative to a full meal.  I’ve been to one before and the wedding started later (after dinner time, 8ish I think) and of course the reception was shorter than the traditional kinds, but they still had slow dancing, and it was really nice!  I strongly suggest serving lots of fruit along with the sweets.  Even though I’m a sweet tooth it was still nice to have a couple healthy tidbits mixed in!

Post # 7
12 posts
  • Wedding: August 2010

I had a question about the dessert reception…..would it be weird to ask guests to bring a dessert? we are trying to keep costs low especially on the reception….

Post # 8
4485 posts
Honey bee

I’ve been to countless dessert receptions since that is the only type of reception that anyone in my family has. What specifically do you want to know about them? I personally don’t have any issues with them.


On the topic of alcohol at a dessert reception, that is a bad idea to serve any. The reason being is that you have to have substantial food in your system (either heavy appetizers or a full meal) while you are drinking. If you don’t and you only consume sugar with alcohol, you will be drunk almost instantly no matter who you are. This is because the sugar in the sweets causes the alcohol to enter the bloodstream at a much faster rate than if you were drinking with a full meal. Also, many people hate the taste combination of desserts and alcohol. So if you don’t want to serve alcohol, a dessert reception is the best way to go.

It is always rude to ask guests to provide their own refreshments. You are the host so you are responsible for all costs and food that is served. If you can’t afford something, you don’t serve it. If you are truly on a tight budget, just serve cake and coffee.

Post # 9
546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would also not ask your guests to bring a dessert dish.  Desserts can be super affordable and quite easy to make/buy in bulk.  I think the idea of a dessert reception is nice, but you and or your family should really provide it.

Post # 10
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think it would be rude to ask people to bring food. It’s a wedding reception, and that is typically seen as a party thrown by the bride and groom as a thank you for their support of your new lives together. Most are already bringing a gift, I wouldn’t ask them to supply food as well.

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