There are so many ways to celebrate your special day, some that you may not have thought of. No matter your style, budget or wedding date, there’s a perfect reception to represent you as a couple. Here are some ideas on what types of wedding receptions you can have at different times of the day.
Breakfast or Brunch
If you’ve always loved brunches, this might be a great option for your wedding reception. Your guests can enjoy a traditional brunch menu including items such as omelets and eggs benedict, and drinks like Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas. A Brunch reception can be a great way to save on your reception budget and would allow you to leave for your honeymoon on the same day. A morning reception also means that you’ll have an early ceremony as well, and probably not as much time to get ready than if you had your wedding later in the day.
Similar to the brunch idea you can do a lighter version of a dinner reception, with either a buffet or plated meals. This way you can still do a morning wedding but have a little bit more time to get ready. If you’re worried about finishing the party early, why not consider a family dinner in the evening.
What a sweet way to celebrate your marriage – an afternoon tea with a variety of sandwiches, petit fours, tea and champagne. It is a creative and unique way to do a wedding reception. An afternoon tea would allow you to have an early afternoon ceremony, leaving plenty of time in the evening for dancing or an after-party. Your female guests will love this option, however some of your male guests might not share the same enthusiasm for teacups and mini sandwiches.
Champagne & Cake
Why not cut straight to the cake! This option is really budget friendly, and your guests will know to expect only dessert rather than a meal. You can offer a variety of mini pastries in addition to your traditional wedding cake, if you’re wanting to keep your guests from getting hungry. This is great for the couple who wants to celebrate with their family and friends but would prefer to not hold a full wedding reception.
Cocktails and canapés are a fun way to celebrate your wedding in a more relaxed atmosphere, allowing guests to mingle without a formal sit-down meal. Without the formalities of a seated dinner, you’ll get to enjoy more dance and talk time with your nearest and dearest.
This is still the most popular type of wedding reception and offers options such as a sharing menu, three course dinner, or a degustation. This option also allows you to have a more traditional flow of events starting with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner and dancing.