Dessert Reception

Ok, So I have been stressed out about this since Feb when we started, "planning" the wedding. We are having 150-200 guests, with a 5000.00 limit...so we are having an afternoon wedding with no dinner at the reception. i personally feel that our guests are going to feel Gyped with a cake and punch reception. So I threw out the idea as a last hope to my FI and his family about a dessert reception...but I am think about a candy bar as well and fondue fountains with fruit and stuff.


Does any one this is is going to look cheap for a 2 Pm wedding? Please be honest..even though I already ordered invites with Desert Rect!!!!

Posted on June 20, 2008 at 10:54 am
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I don't think it's a bad idea, and it's a great way to save a buttload of money. My mom and dad had a dessert reception when they got married, they just served campagne and cake. But their ceremony was also at 8pm.


I think you've picked an ideal time for a dessert reception too. To me, 2pm says, "eat lunch before you arrive." Your idea for the candy bar and fountains in addition to cake will work well.


As far as your guests feeling like they should get more... You shouldn't worry about that. You've written "dessert reception" on the invite, ideally that should be enough. It would probably be a good idea to have your families and wedding party pass along that info through word of mouth too.


Good luck!

Posted on June 20, 2008 at 11:01 am
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i think when your guests see the time on the invite, the should know not to expect a meal at a 2pm wedding...no worries... :)

Posted on June 20, 2008 at 11:02 am
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it's possible to feed 200 peeps with 5,000. my friend found a beautiful seaside park, brought in a tent and nice tables and chairs and got a super affordable caterer. it was laid back but still very pretty and fun!

Posted on June 20, 2008 at 11:14 am
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If your budget allows maybe some fingerfoods would be nice other than the desserts.

Posted on June 20, 2008 at 11:18 am
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who doesnt love yummy dessert and love in the air???


if youve exhausted all other possibilities and are dead-set on this - then go for it :)


if i got a 2pm invite - i'd totally just grab a bite before and show up just in time for you and fh exchange vows and then on to cake and choco fountain and mingling!!!  sounds like a plan chica!!


gurl please--- guests' perception of the "event" should be secondary or even tertiary to your ceremony and the vow you 2 are taking - which is why you're inviting them anyway - it's one of the most personal days of your life so guests should feel honored to be invited and take part in the solemnity of the first day of someone's marriage...


i think sometimes we lose sight of this b/c we are so consumed with the planning that we "forget" this is one of the most personal and intimate events in one's life (other than giving birth)

Posted on June 20, 2008 at 11:23 am
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Oh Yea! Y'all have put my mind at ease...thanks so much! 

Posted on June 20, 2008 at 11:50 am
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That sounds nice. My budget is pretty low as well and so I have decided to have my church cook for my 250 guests. My church owns a summer camp so they have all the large kitchens and ovens to pull this off. Plus since it will be Philipino food it should be no problem. Maybe you should make little finger foods so everything is not just sugar there.

Posted on June 20, 2008 at 1:10 pm
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Also since it is an afternoon wedding, it is around tea time. You should make little square sandwiches and put them on tiered platters. That is how they do it at tea time and it looks so cute! I think they were egg salad, pb&J, and frosting fillings on white bread.

Posted on June 20, 2008 at 1:13 pm
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Sounds fantastic!

Have you read this blog post? http://www.apracticalwedding.com/2008/06/budget-wedding-myths-guest-list.html#links

Go for it!
Posted on June 20, 2008 at 2:00 pm
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Yeah, you picked a reasonable time to have it. You could also have a sundae bar, decorate a cupcake station. I feel like getting guests involved in stuff like that would be fun.

Posted on June 20, 2008 at 2:42 pm
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I think a dessert bar is just fine.  Offer lots of different kinds of dessert and coffee.  A small note on invitations will set guests expectations. 


 


 I think a dessert photo 45981-1

Posted on June 24, 2008 at 7:42 pm
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Is this trashy for a dessert reception with a candy bar, chocalate fountains, and cake?


original 


At first I thought yes, but now I'm not sure how I feel about this!

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 6:51 am
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eh, not my fave, since they will be bringing you nice gifts, they are probably expecting more than Twinkies. But you could do that as a "kids" table and then the adults can grab them if they want.  I agree with spi, on the invite say something like "dessert reception to follow"

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 7:00 am
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Yeah the invites are in the mail and they say exactly that! I was just trying to think of other things to have than cake candy and chocolate fountain fruit. I think i'm also going to have party trays of deli meats and cheese...and maybe some other finger foods...suggestions?

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 7:01 am
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Dirty hit the nail on this one. I try to remind myself that this day will be for FI and I. It's tough when you receive opinions and ideas left to right from parents and FILs. I think a dessert reception is a good idea. Do you have a website for your wedding? If so, be sure to add a reminder to eat lunch before they attend.

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 7:03 am
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Ah, good idea...I did not think to put that on the website...which reminds me I need to update it!!!

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 7:08 am
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cryflore- maybe do some passed hors d'oeuvres at the beginning then start the dessert buffet after like 45 minutes? Then people can have some non-sweet snacks and then move on to the good stuff, plus, when you stop the savory hors d'oeuvres it would be a good time to do the cake cutting.

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 7:12 am
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Amen Dirty!!

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 7:34 am

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