(Closed) Finger food and dessert reception only

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
13889 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I always caution against doing separate receptions.  If someone slips and mentions the dinner reception, it’s going to look bad.  Tiered receptions are a little off-putting to me, because you’re basically picking which guests you want to spend more time with.

I like the appetizer and dessert reception idea though; those are always fun and definitely lower the costs, but make sure you have enough food for everyone!

Post # 4
515 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We did a finger food/dessert style reception, no plated meals at all. My family is very casual and we do a lot of buffet style events at family functions, so they aren’t the type of people to look down their noses because they aren’t being served filet mignon on good china. We spent about $10 per head and still had a TON of food leftover. Everybody liked it and the biggest hit was the popcorn bar. Since our reception was only a couple hours, it was nice that people could munch while they walked around and chatted because if we’d made everyone sit down to eat, there wouldn’t have been much time for anything else.

Post # 7
3175 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m usually against tiered receptions, but the gap & fact that it sounds like a small dinner at a restaurant make me feel like the second part is more just a send off dinner for family/close friends & not a separate reception for honored guests. Just don’t make a big deal of it with formal invitations and you’ll be fine. I think your desserts/hors doeuvres reception sounds lovely. My sister did one with cheese&crackers, fancy dips, fruit trays, etc. They also served cake & champagne. Presentation is everything, there are a lot of fancy ways to display that kind of food, so you can still have a very nice wedding without a full meal.

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