(Closed) Help w/ Dessert & Signature Drink Reception

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Would You Be Disappointed By A Light Appetizer/Dessert & 3 Drink Option Wedding?
    Yes, I would be disappointed. I'd assume the couple was cheap, and didn't care about their guests. : (7 votes)
    12 %
    Yes, I would be a little disappointed; but I understand that some couples can only afford so much. : (20 votes)
    34 %
    Nope, I'd like it! As long as there are enough treats and drinks to go around, I'd be happy. : (31 votes)
    53 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    @Kat:  As opposed to what…?

    Post # 4
    Hostess
    2999 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I would be a little bummed about the no food options like appetizers but definitely not about the drinks, I think you are giving plenty of options and the signature drink is a good idea.  I will say that I hate rum and coke though but I may be the only one.  I would do vodka lemonade??

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    i would love it! dessert is my fave and i’m always the one who wants to eat dessert first. as long as you let your guests know in advance that it will only be dessert then i don’t see why anyone would be upset. if they know ahead of time, they can get something to eat before the wedding.

    Post # 7
    Hostess
    2999 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @Kat:  Drinks are DEFINITELY more important than food at a wedding, lol! Honestly who is thinking about eating when you are hammered and dancing all night?? Run through Taco Bell at the end of the night. 4th meal strikes again.

    Post # 8
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    128 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    What about sangria?  Cheap dry wine, club soda, fruit, mint, peach snapps, agave or peach nectar.. whatever you want to add really!  For a summer night wedding, it would be very refreshing and easy to self-serve.

    Post # 9
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    109 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I think it sounds like a fun idea. Who doesn’t love dessert and alcohol? 🙂

    Just be sure you have enough.

    Post # 10
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    11418 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    As many bees may know from seeing several other posts I’ve written, I, personally, am not a fan of serving alcoholic beverages at weddings and other hosted events, where I believe hosts ultimately have certain moral, ethical, and even legal liabilities for the resulting behavior of their guests.

    To be honest, I would be even more concerned about the serving alcohol where no attendants are present to oversee the strength of the drinks that are being poured and in an environment where no regular (i.e. non-dessert-type) food, such as a meal or at least very heavy hors d’oeuvres, is being served. 

    ETA:  “I suppose if enough people told me that my idea was terrible, I might consider omitting the alcohol in lieu of more/better food options”

    Now that I’ve had a chance to see your updated comments, I will go ahead and offer a suggestion that I originally decided to refrain from including in my comment, because I wasn’t sure if you would even be willing to consider not serving alcohol.  However, snce you are willing to at least entertain this idea, what about possibly having a dessert and coffee bar, where you would have incredible desserts and, with the money you would be saving by not having alcohol, hire some baristas to make some amazing, delicious, flavored coffee and chai beverages?

    Post # 11
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    6221 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    I think it would be great as long as there were heavy dessserts (you mentioned cheesecake which is good) and the guests DEFINITELY know ahead of time. 

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    Oh okay… well I think you do need to let people know it’s a dessert reception only. I’d be pretty thrown off if there was no dinner. I’d really have wanted to eat first; when I eat dessert on an empty stomach, sometimes I just feel bleh.

    Can you bring food? Like can some people in your family do some hor d’oeuvres or anything?

    Could you consider a brunch? Usually much cheaper.

    Post # 14
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    817 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

    I love the idea of apps and desserts, and as long as I knew in advance (and your reception started super late or super early, not covering a standard meal time, like you are planning) it would be great. I would almost suggest eliminating beer, though, as it doesn’t really go well with desserts. Maybe just sparkling wine and some kind of signature drink? I loved the sangria suggestion above, or some kind of yummy punch that people could just ladle into glasses. While I don’t agree with @Brielle:‘s stance on no alcohol at receptions she does have a good point about people mixing their own drinks. At least with a pre-made sangria/punch/etc you can control how strong it is and only have small glasses so it’s easier for people to pace themselvess. When we have big parties at our house I usually make a punch in huge quantities. I mix everything together but the mixer (champagne or soda) and portion it inot bowls/tupperware with enough of the ingredients for one bottle of champagne/soda. Then when the bowl is getting low all I hav to do is open a bowl, dump it in, dump in a bottle of champagne, and keep on rolling. No measuring or mixing. It takes some planning ahead but makes it so much easier that day.

    Post # 15
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    11418 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    @Kat:  How many pieces per person total would the appetizers you’re considering provide?

    Post # 16
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    1681 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @Kat:  I voted that I would be happy with it, BUT I would have to know before I get there! (Otherwise I would leave early to eat)

    I think you should keep it the reception short rr leave enough time between the ceremony and reception for guests to eat somewhere else.

     

     

    Ooops! Just saw your update. Sounds great! Just remember to let your guests know they will be joining you for “light fare and cocktails” or something like that. 🙂

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