(Closed) Only cake at the reception?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
1566 posts
Bumble bee

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
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

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
382 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

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 # 8
1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
1067 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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.

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