Wedding Reception Ideas

An All Dessert Wedding Reception?

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A Dessert Reception - MoThomp Photography

Weddings come in all shapes and sizes. So, if you’re overwhelmed by proper wedding etiquette, try to remember that there’s no right or wrong way of going about things when it comes to a wedding. It’s your day, do whatever works best for you and your groom. A newer wedding trend that has been making a scene lately is having a Dessert Only Reception. In the last year, I have coordinated several dessert only receptions and I love the idea for numerous reasons.  A dessert only reception can be both fun and cost-effective.  And although it is a little unconventional, it’s a great idea for those brides who relish the idea of enjoying the sweet taste of sugar over having a bland buffet, rubber chicken and soggy vegetables. Food is a key factor when it comes to a memorable wedding so why not make it all about you.  A dessert only reception can speak volumes regarding the bride’s personality- sweet and unique!  Just think how atypical and unforgettable it would be for your guests who have never been to a dessert only reception! However, even when straying off the traditional path there are still some important considerations when choosing this adventure.

Food: Food can be the most expensive part of a wedding and by only offering dessert, a bride and groom can significantly cut costs. However, do your research because if you’re not careful even dessert can add up quickly.

Invitations:  Make sure your invitations clearly state that the reception is a dessert only reception. Can you imagine the surprise looks from guests who were expecting to be fed a meal? Information is key when you’re doing something a little different.

Appropriate Time: With a reception like this, it is important to have it late afternoon or evening, after dinner time. Try to avoid a lengthy reception so the guests don’t get hungry or angry.

Feed the Wedding Party: It will be a very long day for the wedding party and they will have worked hard for you, so feed them something with substance before the wedding.

Alcohol Consumption: If you are serving alcohol you might want to consider serving some hors d’oeuvres, bread or pasta. No one needs to see uncle Bob making a fool of himself on your special day.


Valerie Pritt, owner of Fleur de Lis Event ConsultingArticle by Valerie Pritt, Fleur de Lis Event Consulting

Like most wedding planners, Valerie got the planning bug after she married her husband Joshua. In 2011 she started her own company, Fleur de Lis Event Consulting, a premiere wedding and event planning company located in the greater Pensacola, FL area. She loves all things that sparkle, have a hint of chic, a dash of elegance and a whole lot of classy. She’s a proud military spouse, an early bird catches the worm” kind of gal, has two lovable dogs and is a total Law and Order junkie. Valerie strives to be a leader in the wedding industry.

Photography: MoThomp Photography


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