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Would you give me an honest, but polite opinion... please

My daughter's wedding is at 6:30PM & the reception is at 8PM. Because it's so late in the evening, instead of having a full meal, we're considering having a dessert buffet & a cappuccino, espresso, latte bar (including soft drinks & smoothies). The evening will also include a candy buffet, a DJ & a photo booth for entertainment.

The invite would state "Dessert Reception"

We have booked a casual, but very pretty reception center. It doesn't have the look of your average reception room that's all lit up & having chandeliers everywhere & the tables will be decorated very elegantly with ivory linens & sage runners, fresh flower arrangements, & lots of votives & tealights Some will have antique bird cages with candles inside & flowers, votives & tealights. In my mind, I'm picturing a very elegant affair, but I don't want it to seem cheap or tacky.

What is your opinion of a wedding & reception like this?


Asked by Anonymous at 1:26 PM on Mar. 19, 2010 in Food & Drink

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Answers (17)
  • Sounds lovely ... and the dessert reception should be fine with the "after dinner" time and you are letting people know ahead of time that it's not a sit down meal type reception. I don't think it's cheap or tacky at all. CONGRATS !

    Answer by MaryJacobs at 1:35 PM on Mar. 19, 2010

  • I cant imagine anyone would consider that tacky.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:28 PM on Mar. 19, 2010

  • It's not tacky, I think it's a great idea, but I do dislike weddings with no alcohol. I may be wrong, but most people go to a wedding expecting a drink or two.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:29 PM on Mar. 19, 2010

  • IMO maybe some small sandwiches to offset all of the sugar... Like a chicken salad or something similar. There will be cake too so that's a lot of sugar, not to mention alcohol.. You're going to have a lot of bogged down guests. I think the rest sounds beautiful though...

    Answer by MrsLeftlane at 1:30 PM on Mar. 19, 2010

  • That sounds very unique, I love the idea, just make sure everyone knows they won't be eating dinner, and I think that's covered by stating 'dessert reception' ... not tacky at all, neat idea. I will add, and I hope this isn't tacky! lol, but I think proper ettiquette is to give a gift in the amount that would at least cover your plate charge, so I would think her gifts will be less, if that matters....

    Answer by gramsmom at 1:32 PM on Mar. 19, 2010

  • i love the whole idea but you should add some food,mini quesadillas or lil sandwiches lil veggie tray

    Answer by BUSYLOVINGHIM at 1:35 PM on Mar. 19, 2010

  • I agree with MrsLeftLane - you should provide finger sandwiches. Since most people eat dinner after 5 pm, they won't have time to eat before the ceremony.

    Answer by Merjo at 1:37 PM on Mar. 19, 2010

  • sounds good!!!!!!! hope you dont have any diabetics! :)

    Answer by gonzalez3 at 1:38 PM on Mar. 19, 2010

  • I would add some small finger foods, not everyone can eat sugary foods so I would take that in to account.

    Answer by 3_ring_circus_ at 1:40 PM on Mar. 19, 2010

  • Yes, that's right. If it's at 6:30 and reception at 8:00, when will the guests eat dinner? I Think reception should be at 9:00pm. I once went to a wedding where the dinner didn't start until 11;00pm, I thought it was kind of cool!

    Answer by danielp at 1:42 PM on Mar. 19, 2010