(Closed) Dessert Reception

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee

Dessert receptions are quite popular, especially for late evening or afternoon receptions that fall outside the normal dinner hours. With a start time of 7pm, the only caution would be to make sure it says in the invitaion “dessert reception” or something like that so folks know to eat an early supper if they want.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Ooh!!! I like it… it sounds so laid back. And people can eat dinner whatever, wherever, whenever they want. If it were a daytime thing I would say definitely not, but at 7pm, it’s perfect.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think it is ok to have a dessert only reception..  however I think your time is wrong. After 7 seems to be a dinner time and people will expect to come and be served dinner. My suggestion would be to move it up maybe 4-8 or something similar so that people still have the option of not starving and filling up on sweets.

 

Look at it as most people won’t eat dinner at 6 or 630 before attending your reception.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree with @Cupcake1382:

Post # 7
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351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I love the idea of a dessert reception. Just let the guests know (so they can eat beforehand if they chose). Have a bunch of different options (fresh fruit, cakes, cookies, pie, sugar free, low sugar, vegan options, macaroons, maybe some great fruit punchs, tea, coffee, etc.) 

If you are doing tea/coffee you may also think about having different kinds of biscotti, dippable cookies, tea cookies, coffee cake, etc. Those would go great as a pairable option with the drinks. 

Love the chocolate fountain idea with fresh fruit, cookies and marshmellows. The pretzels will be a big hit! Small, thin slices of pound cake or lady fingers would work well too (Lady fingers are also great as dippers for tea/coffee). People can drizzle those with chocolate, put some fresh fruit on the slice and bam…a tasty dessert. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@MrsGibby2Bee: I think 8-12 is better than moving it earlier. Plenty of time for people to grab dinner beforehand, and then everyone can relax – not be thinking that they need to leave so they can finally eat a real dinner. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Dessert only receptions are my favorite! Most I attended started at 8pm but that depends on your guests. At most dessert only receptions people started to leave at 10pm so know your crowd. If you have a bunch of night owls it will be a smashing success!

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