(Closed) Dessert receptions?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3521 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We had petit fours instead of cake and they were awesome–huge hit with the guests. The best way to do a dessert reception, from what I’ve heard, is to have it in the early afternoon; as long as you specify on your invitations that it’s dessert only, your timing will be fine. 🙂

Post # 4
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We are likely (unless we have a massive change of heart) going to have a dessert reception with some sort of light non-sweet foods as well (for our diabetic & health conscious guests).

On our roster (we havent decided 1000% yet)


  • cupcakes
  • fruit tarts
  • cookies (at least 3 kinds)
  • rum & coconut balls
  • brownies
  • nanimo bars
  • date squares
  • pies (cherry, pumpkin, blueberry, yum)
  • cheese cakes
  • butter tarts


  • finger sandwiches
  • samosas
  • light pasta salad
  • fruit trays
  • crudités (veg tray..with hummus!)
  • pumpernickel loaf with spinach dip
  • cheese, meats, pickles & crackers tray
  • hot dim sum or California rolls
  • (hot) bbq chicken wings & thighs (maybe)


  • punch
  • sweet tea
  • lemonade
  • coffee & tea
  • beer
  • wine

We are likely going to start at 1.30pm (ceremony), and be having our celebratory love fest (reception) start at about 2-2:15pm, and continue to 4-430pm. This is just off the top of my head what we have brain-stormed thus far, I know there are things I am forgetting, though nothing is final yet.

Post # 5
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I love dessert and if you let your guest know ahead of time it will be fine.  Just thinking as a guest I would love pie, cupcakes, brownies, cookies, cheesecake, tarts, and maybe an ice-cream bar if possible.

Post # 6
4582 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I went to a dessert reception last year. They did it around 7 pm, I think, so my fiance and I grabbed an early dinner at a nearby restaurant before the ceremony.

They didn’t have a cake, just plenty of different small desserts. They weren’t that tasty – I think homemade would be much nicer than the caterer they used. As for drinks, they didn’t do alcohol either, just water and soda, coffee.

I’ve got to say, it wasn’t the best wedding I’ve been to, but I don’t think it had really anything to do with it being a dessert reception. It was more that the atmosphere wasn’t great (the reception was held at the same church as the ceremony), they didn’t decorate much, the lighting was too bright, and they had no music to speak of aside from a family member playing a song or two on his guitar.

I think with the right atmosphere, it could be really nice.

Post # 7
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

my thoughts are 1pm does not mean that people would have had lunch before the wedding, especially if you consider they are getting showered/dressed and then transport to the venue so dont assume people would have eaten before arriving



Post # 8
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011


I actually agree with you, which is why it is so important to outline to guests that it will not be a typical meal beforehand, so that they are able to plan accordingly. Not to mention anyone who might be coming from out of town, which is why, in our case, we will be providing some semblance of real food (though not ridiculously heavy) to at least give people something to nosh on until they can be free of our shenanigans and get a real meal.  😛

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