(Closed) Has anyone had/been to a Lunch Reception?

posted 6 years ago in Food
  • poll: Lunch Receptions?
    They can be a lot of fun! : (13 votes)
    37 %
    I've never been to one, but it seems like a good idea! : (12 votes)
    34 %
    It's an interesting idea, but it's not for me... : (9 votes)
    26 %
    I've never heard of it before now. : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 4
    5371 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

    This is exactly what we’re doing (: I don’t have any suggestions since we’re just beginning our planning, but I’m commenting so I can read the comments and suggestions that you get. I think this is a great idea (:

    Post # 5
    2095 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We are doing lunch or brunch reception. Seated, very small & intimate. We did this to cut costs & make it more meaningful. It will be at a restaurant. We are not doing dancing but I’m sure people would want to dance. 

    We are thinking 11am ceremony, 12:30/1 lunch. 

    Post # 8
    1448 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’ve been to two brunch receptions.  One was really fun, the other was not.

    The one that was really fun was all at one location, and during “cocktail hour” they had passed hor d’ouvres and open bar while the bride and groom had photos taken.  They still had a DJ, speeches, etc.  So in terms of timeline and format it was very similar to an evening wedding, just earlier in the day (I think the wedding was at 11?).

    The one that was not so fun had the wedding in one location and reception in another (over an hour’s drive away).  Because of the timing of the wedding and reception (plus time for the photos), everyone was starving by the time the reception (traditional Chinese Banquet) got under way.  The wedding was at 10:00 or 10:30, and almost everyone had to drive an hour to get to the wedding to begin with.  The timeline was structured differently (first dance before brunch, games/speeches/etc during).

    Post # 9
    699 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I could go for some grilled cheese right about now… mmmm.

    Re: entertaining guests while taking photos – what about a musician or two? lawn games?  depending on the vibe you’re going for there are a lot to choose from, like bocce, giant jenga, corn hole, through to croquet for a fancier vibe.

    If your ceremony is at noon, I would probably try to eat quite quickly after it.  Stations and informal eating would work, if that’s what you’d like.  (By that, I mean no sit down, speeches type thing, more “food is available, help yourselves as you wish”).

    Then dessert (and cake cutting?) could be later in the afternoon, maybe 3 or 4?  You may have a crowd that exits right after, not sure.

    Depending on the crowd vibe, dancing during daylight may work well.

    Post # 10
    6110 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    My cousins wedding was a late lunch wedding. The ceremony was at 1:00pm, followed by the reception. It was very nice. The only thing is that most people don’t tend to dance while the sun is still up lol (that’s what I noticed and my DJ even said that). But if you have a fun crowd I’m sure they’ll dance either way 🙂

    Post # 11
    1562 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I had a 1pm wedding and a reception following.  We had a roast turkey, roast ham, proscuitto wrapped melon, pita and hummus, veggie platter, fruit salad, cheese tray, finger rolls, and ice tea and lemonade.  But barely anyone danced – the DJ wasn’t playing any popular songs.  I think a good DJ would make all the difference.

    Post # 13
    3230 posts
    Sugar bee

    My best friend has her ceremony at 11 and food started coming out by 11:30. Hers was in Charleston in November next to the water outside – but it was around 68-70 degrees. It was a beautiful and very nice wedding. She did beer, wine, bloody marys, and mimosas. There was no dancing but a string quartet. Cake cutting was around 2 and we were out of there I think by 3 or 4. We had enough time to take naps and do more stuff while in Charleston. Oh! She also had trolleys to pick people up from the hotel and send them back. It was very nice.

    If I had it my way, I would also do a 11 o’clock wedding with brunch and try to get everyone out of there by 3 or so just so I can then go on and enjoy the rest of my day. I am the anti-wedding bride, so my “way” is a bit skewed.

    Post # 14
    3618 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I have attended a lunch wedding before. It was fine. The bride and groom took photos during cocktail hour. I do have to say it felt a bit weird to be hitting the bar that early in the day, but it was still fun.

    Post # 16
    418 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    We’re doing a noon ceremony with appetizers, finger foods and dessert after. A very understated reception. There will be fruit, cheese trays, various types of finger foods ranging from light to heavy.

    Got the idea from a friend of mine who literally saved thousands of dollars doing it that way.

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