(Closed) Dessert Reception??

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would probably opt for the 1pm start time.

Because having a dessert only reception that starts at 6:30 is not ideal. That is dinner time for many people and therefore they may be put out that you are only serving dessert.

Also, weddings tend to run late and currently you only have an hour and half for the main reception before you have to shut down due to noise laws. I think the afternoon reception would be a lot more relaxed and fun in this case!

Post # 4
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree with Future Mrs Martin, a 1pm start would make things much more manageable. I’m doing a similar timeline as you posted with my heavy apps reception, but we have until 1am at our venue.

Post # 5
2214 posts
Buzzing bee

I agree that you should have a 1pm start time because I would definitely be expecting dinner in the time frame you have.

Post # 6
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would do the 1pm start. I feel like you’re cutting it too close.

Post # 7
1876 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

What if instead of dessert you had a cocktail party? With just hors d’ourves. Honestly, I think with your current timing your guests will be starving for dinner. I think if you just do heavy passed dishes and maybe a station or two you’ll manage.

Post # 8
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I agree with everyone else – your wedding takes place at dinner time. If you aren’t going to serve dinner, you need it to start at a different time. 1PM would be great. Or, later. An 8pm wedding would work.

Post # 9
629 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yep, I’m totally on the same page as the rest of the bees.  Your reception is basically at dinner time, so I think you’ll need something more than dessert.  If you do hors d’oeuvres instead of dessert though, make sure and check with your venue on how many pieces per person you get, because your guests may KILL the hors d’oeuvres and you don’t want to run out!  Whatever you do, make sure and put on your invitations “dessert reception to follow” or “cocktail reception to follow” to clearly identify that you aren’t serving dinner so guests know to eat before they come!

Post # 10
1749 posts
Bumble bee

@napabridekelsey:Different perspective. I’m a guest at your weeding, I buy a gift, maybe a new dress and get may makeup done to come to your event! Yay:0) Just sweets? No food? Is it possible to scale the guestlist back to 150 and serve them some appetizers or something? Instead of an open bar maybe you could serve beer, white wine, red wine and bubbly for the toast. Do you think guests will possibly leave early to eat? Also, have you considered the guest getting a little too tipsy from drinks without food on their stomach? This is just a thought from an outside person;0)

Post # 12
2214 posts
Buzzing bee

i think heavy hors d’oeuvres are definitely better than dessert at this time! I would just let your guests know that a full meal won’t be provided either by word of mouth or put “Cocktail reception immediately following” on the invitation.

Post # 13
987 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I think 1pm would be wonderful with a dessert hour around 3pm. 

I’m pregnant and wouldn’t like to go that amount of time without a proper meal!  My husband likes his food and would probably leave early to have dinner elsewhere.  Generally hors d’oeuvres go quickly that time of night from my experience because everyone is hungry! 

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