Beth writes to ask:
I’d really like to have a dessert reception. I think the only appropriate time of day to do this is late evening, but as we’re having a Catholic wedding, the only times to get married at our church are 12:30 and 2:30 pm. While not ideal, would it be okay to have a 2:30 ceremony followed by a 3:30-6:30 dessert reception? (We’d obviously let everyone know in the form of “Dessert reception to follow” on the invitations…
Beth, I think that a 2:30 wedding is the ideal time for a dessert reception. With a 12:30 ceremony, the guests would not have time to eat prior to the wedding, but at 2:30 they will have had a full lunch and then can leave your reception and still have dinner at a normal hour.
With a little styling and forethought, your dessert reception can be uber-chic and totally affordable!