Bridal Club Magazine
Pick The Reception Style That Is Right For You
Choose the time of day for your reception to suit your mood and
to say something about you as a couple.
There is something a little bit romantic about a breakfast
ceremony and reception. I see guests and wedding party staying at
the same location, awakening and sharing vows over a rising sun
then supping on a sumptuous champagne breakfast or brunch around 10
or 11am. Ideally the sun is shining and it's warm. The food would
consist of fruit platters, exotic breads and other breakfast foods.
Advantages are that it could be relatively inexpensive depending on
the location and accommodation arrangements. You can also leave for
your honeymoon the same day, if in deed you are not already there.
The downside is that there is less time to get ready and for long
distance guests to arrive. Not great for early risers either. But
with a little bit of imagination, just think of the
A Luncheon to follow a late-morning ceremony also has advantages
in the economics department. Sandwiches, salads, pasta and fruits
are some of the ideas for the menu -whether it is a more formal
sit-down meal from a buffet, or a casual help-yourself and
lounge-around affair. Ideal for inside or outside if the weather or
season permits. It also allows for guests arriving from a distance,
and for the bride to get ready without too much time to get
nervous. Disadvantages are that if you have a band at your dance,
your guests may be too inhibited in the light of day to get down
An Afternoon Tea Reception held between 2 and 5pm is the least
expensive, but does not mean it has to be the least sophisticated.
Think exotic teas, coffees, finger foods, nuts, chocolate and cake.
This is great if you have a large guest list and a small budget. A
downside is that the guests are not offered a full meal. Consider
alternatives with your host responsibility when it comes to the
availability of alcohol for driving guests.
Less expensive than a dinner reception, a Cocktail Party or
'Appetiser Only' Reception is held between 4 and 7pm. The hot and
cold food/appetisers are passed around on trays or presented on
buffet tables. These can still be held formally or informally in
the evening. Guests could be disappointed that they haven't had a
full meal at dinnertime and there is the alcohol and driving issues
still at hand.
The most costly is the good old formal Dinner Reception - Food
is served as a sit-down meal, a buffet or in food stations. Meals
vary, but usually several dishes are offered and a cocktail hour
precedes the formal reception. These receptions begin anywhere from
6 to 9pm. Guests are always in party mode and ready to dance the
It all comes down to your budget. Don't be made to feel cheap if
you can't afford to go all out. Think of extra little ways to make
the day special and uniquely yours if you are feeling the money
Whatever way, give it all you've got and have a wedding bash
that your guests will never forget!