(Closed) dessert reception

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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1562 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Truthfully, the timing is way off if you want a dessert reception.  The exact timing varies by your locality, meaning that dinner in NYC is often much later than dinner on the farm.  Having a 2 hour gap at dinner time is unacceptable.  I would suggest a 1pm ceremony followed by a 3-5 dessert/appetizer reception.  If you are set on an evening reception, then start the dessert receptioon at 7:30 or later, but change the time of the ceremony to 7:00, and make sure to specify dessert reception on the invitation.

Post # 4
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1724 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Yea…I don’t think I would want to go to a wedding, have to go get dinner myself, and then go to the reception for dessert. It feels too broken up. I would try to do what PP said. Do an earlier wedding with an afternoon reception (after lunch, before dinner time) or an after dinner ceremony/reception

Post # 5
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290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We had a carnival theme reception and did only desserty/carnival foods: popcorn, cotton candy, a sundae bar, candy buffet, and wedding cake. However, we did our ceremony at 3 pm and had the reception from 3:45 to 5:45 everything was wrapped up by 6 so no supper had to be offered.

Post # 6
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2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

It’s great that you are committed to planning the wedding you can afford, and I love the idea of a dessert reception.  However, I think it would be really inhospitable to have a 2 hour gap during which your guests are expected to fend for themselves for dinner.  Please don’t do that.

I think you should start your ceremony at 7:30 (or depending on your circle and what time your family/friends usually eat dinner, maybe you can get away with 7:00), with dessert reception immediately to follow.  That will give people time to eat dinner beforehand.

As for food,  if you are self-catering, keep it simple.  I love all manner of baked goods.  Cupcakes, cookies, brownies… but keep in mind that a bunch of baked goods all displayed together can look very brown/beige, so to make your display festive and appetizing, include some more colorful things like fresh fruit and lemon squares.  You’ll also want to include something savory like cheese/crackers for people who don’t like sweets.

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