Post # 1
Okay, so I’m wanting/having a small wedding. And as far as the reception, I wanted only cake, fruit, & punch (and obviously nuts and mints), but no “real” meal. My only concern about that is that I want an evening wedding… like 6:30pm… is it wrong to not serve food if it’s going to be that late?
I was planning on just having a late lunch for the wedding party… before the wedding…
Post # 3
During that time period, guests will likely expect to be fed dinner. Can you do it earlier say 330 or 4, or later say 8 pm?
Post # 4
If I were you, I might make it a bit later so people have a chance to grab dinner before coming to the wedding. And make it clear to guests that it’s a cake and punch reception ahead of time. As long as people know and eat beforehand, I think it’s fine.
Also, if you will have out of town guests, I would maybe include them in the lunch for the wedding party.
Post # 5
i’m always hungry at that time. i’d try to do it either early or later. and i’d let your guests know, so they don’t come super hungry.
Post # 6
i agree, unless you specify that a meal will not be served and it’s a “cake only” reception, your guests will probably be expecting food. could you push the reception a little later? like say, after 7? or could you serve a buffet with different kinds of cheese, fruit, spreads, bread, etc? just a few ideas!
Post # 7
Yeah, that was my thinking. I live in a rural community, and most people don’t even serve meals at weddings here. Maybe just having it at 7-8 would take care of that problem.
I also just thought about having my out-of-town guests participate in the lunch, but since my wedding is so small (100 guests), I might as well have a full reception if I’m going to do that.
Thanks for helping me out though… because I was having problems convincing my mom that food could/would be expected. lol
Post # 8
People serve just cake all the time at weddings, and until the last 10 yrs, that is how weddings everywhere have been since ages past. But 6:30 is a meal time so not the best time to serve desserts only. Can you move the reception to 8pm with the ceremony at 7-7:30pm, or move the reception to 7pm if that is considered after-dinner in your circle? That way you can easily do it.
Make sure you don’t serve alcohol of any kind with just cake because you will have a ton of drunk sick guests with nothing in their stomachs other than sugar, which only causes people to get drunk instantly. Serve coffee, tea, water, soda, juice, punch, any non-alcoholic beverages.
Also, mention on the reception card that it is cake and coffee to follow so that no one shows up expecting a full meal.
Post # 9
I think you may want to specify it somewhere in the invite that it is a cake reception only so your guest know to come fed.