(Closed) Dessert Reception

posted 4 years ago in Food
Post # 2
2076 posts
Buzzing bee

If your wedding falls at a meal time then you must have a full meal.

So for a dessert reception to work then your ceremony needs to be around 2pm or 8pm.  I would also suggest having some savory items like a veggie and cheese platter, nuts, chex mix, etc along with the desserts.  It kind of helps to balance out all the sweetness.

As for dessert options: cookies, individal pies/tarts, brownies, lemon squares, pound cake, and fruit crisp are some ideas.

Post # 3
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Hi! I would say the dessert reception is fine as long as it’s at the right time of day and is clearly indicated. If the reception falls afternoon or late evening, it’s doable. However if it falls at a mealtime (IE ceremony at 5, reception at 6 or 7), I think you’d need to offer that meal, just because you shouldn’t expect people to eat their dinner at 3pm.

As for dessert ideas- cookies, pies, tiramisu, puddings, donuts, pastries – possibilities are endless! You could also do a lot of mini options (cake pops, pudding cups, donuts) and have more available.

Post # 4
3729 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

jvictoria:  it depends, what time is your wedding? A 8 pm reception would be fine. A 6 pm wouldn’t. 

One other option would to do tea sandwiches and a cheese platter in addition to all of the sweets.

Post # 5
14 posts

I’m not sure what you’re getting at.  Yes it will “seem cheap” in the sense that everyone knows just serving dessert is cheaper than serving a full meal, but it’s really up to you whether you embrace that or not. Like others have said, this type of thing really only works if it is not during a time people would expect a meal.  Otherwise people will be hungry and cranky.

Post # 6
6625 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

We had a dessert reception, sort of (we also had a lunch ‘reception’ before the ceremony so people could eat a meal).  We did strawberry shortcakes – a variety of pound cakes, whipped cream, fresh strawberries, chocolate syrup and sprinkles for those so inclined.  Also leftover homemade cookies from the rehearsal (that everyone attended) the day before.  It was delicious and not too cumbersome.  You could also made 5 minute fudge or other simple candies to go along – brittle, spiced nuts and the like are pretty easy to make ahead of time and keep well.  I’d suggest some savories and fruits to go along – grapes, melon balls on toothpicks, cheese, pretzels or crackers, nuts.  Maybe some croissants.  That way anyone who does want something a little more filling can have it.

Also agree that if people are missing a meal for your wedding, you’ll have to put out more of a meal than a dessert, even if it’s more expensive.

Post # 7
2961 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

It really depends on the time you have scheduled your event.

Post # 8
34 posts
  • Wedding: November 2017

i’m from pittsburgh and its very common to have a “cookie table” at a reception. A suggestion on desserts would be little almond torts or a strawberry shortcake set up. 

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