PLANNING YOUR RECEPTION
There are many different types of wedding receptions to choose from. Generally, the style of reception matches the theme and style of your wedding. The style of your reception is affected by many factors including the number of guests and the size of your budget. Below are different types of receptions to consider:
BREAFAST OR BRUNCH WEDDING RECEPTION
This type of reception follows a morning wedding ceremony held at 9 or 10 a.m. The meal can be served buffet-style or as a seated breakfast or brunch.
Foods generally served at a breakfast or brunch buffet reception include: fresh fruit, croissants, rolls, quiches, omelets or eggs Benedict, variety of cold cuts, assortment of cheeses, coffee, and tea. Either a choice of pastries or a wedding cake could be served at the end of the meal. You might choose to serve champagne, champagne- punch, wine or Bloody Mary’s.
LUNCHEON WEDDING RECEPTION
A luncheon can be served either buffet-style or as a sit down meal. This type of reception would follow a late morning or high noon ceremony and can be served between 12 and 2 p.m.
A buffet luncheon menu might include: Salads (such as chicken, fruit, potato, vegetables, pasta, etc.), cold cuts and a variety of cheeses . A sit down luncheon reception generally starts with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and champagne. After the guests are seated, a soup or salad may begin the luncheon, followed by an entrée of chicken or beef with rice and vegetables. Tea and coffee are served with the wedding cake. Many couples choose to offer a cappuccino or espresso bar.
A tea reception is typically held between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. Tea, coffee and punch are served along with wine and/or champagne. Finger foods, like tea sandwiches, are served. The meal is finished with wedding cake. Generally, this type of reception is the least expensive and works well for small budget weddings with a large guest list.
This type of reception is held between 4:00 and 7:30 p.m and dinner does not follow. The reception should begin by 6:00 p.m. at the latest. Wine, punch, champagne and beer are typically served; although you may want an open bar, depending on your budget. Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres can be served buffet-style.
Dinner wedding receptions begin between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails may be served during the cocktail hour with a sit down or buffet dinner. To keep expenses down, offer wine and beer instead of a full bar.
The reception style contributes to the atmosphere of the reception. A plated sit down dinner typically has a more formal feeling. This type of reception makes it much easier to get guests’ attention for introductions, speeches, cutting the cake, etc. The disadvantage of a plated dinner is that many feel it discourages people from mingling.
Buffet wedding receptions can be less expensive because they do not require as many servers. It’s less formal and guests mingle more. If you have a larger number of guests have two buffet tables; one at each end of the room. Food stations can be set up around the room, or in different areas. Setting up each station as a theme with a different type of food is popular too.
Each of these wedding receptions is beautiful! Choose the reception style that fits you and your fiancé along with your budget. I’d love to hear more about your wedding reception plans. Please leave a comment to share with your fellow brides.