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Have you ever been....

To a dessert reception or a Sunday night reception? How was it compared to a Saturday reception? Did people leave early or not enjoy themselves as much? THANKS

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    edited December 2011
    I have attended a sunday reception. The wedding was around 4pm in August if I am not mistaken and the reception was at 6pm and a 45 minute drive away. I must say the reception was mostly family and the bridal party but it was nice all the same. I didnt leave until it was over, but that is just me (it was over at 10pm) - I have been told by my photographer that most people leave after all the major stuff is done and over with.
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    edited December 2011
    I've been to a Sunday evening reception, it was nice. I haven' had the pleasure of attending a dessert reception.
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    edited December 2011
    Hi just wanted to chime in that we are having a brunch reception on a sunday. Ceremony at 11am Brunch at 12pm.
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    edited December 2011
    I love the idea of a brunch reception but with the venue we have I prefer to do it at night because it has amazing views of downtown Dallas. If we would have gotten a venue that was more ground level I think that a bruch reception would be great. I just started to think about a dessert reception because of it being on a Sunday and in the evening. I may change the time depending if we do desserts or a full meal but so far our wedding starts at 5:30pm and reception at 6:15. But if we do a dessert reception the ceremony will be at 7pm and the reception at 7:45pm. Here is the menu for the full meal. What do you think? Thanks Fruit and Cheese Display A Display of Imported and Domestic Cheeses including Danish Bleu, Tillamook Cheddar, Pepper Jack Boursin, Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheese, Manchego and Brie Accompanied by Fresh Sliced Honeydew, Cantaloupe, Pineapple, Red Grapes and Strawberries Salad Crisp Iceberg Wedge with Balsamic Bleu Cheese Dressing, Parsley, Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Red Onions Main Entrée Honey Barbecue Chicken Barbecue Baked Beans Sweet Corn on the Cobb Sweet Potatoes Fresh Baked Dinner Rolls and Whipped Butter Dessert Trio of Fountains White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate and Milk ChocolateFresh Fruit Skewers, Pretzel Sticks, Peanut Butter Cookies, Cream Puffs, Strawberries, Marshmallows and Graham CrackersBridal and Groom Cake
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    edited December 2011
    I've been to both... The Sunday wedding/reception was in October. It was a beach wedding. Vows were exchanged at sunset. The crowd was small, about 40 people, and the DJ was great so everyone stayed until about 10P. The dessert reception was in March on a Friday night. There was about 300 people there. I met quite a few people who traveled for the event. The wedding was at 7P and the reception started at 8P. I think everyone stayed until the major stuff was over. They didn't have a DJ but I think they invited folks to join them at a local dancehall later that eve.
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    edited December 2011
    Your menu for the dinner reception sounds sooo good! As far as the time line, I think it works well also. Just like in a pp, you will have guests that stay the entire time and share in the elements of whichever type of reception you elect to have. Do you have a menu in mind for the dessert reception? BTW. . . those chocolate fountain trio's sound awesome!
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    edited December 2011
    I don't really understand how much to have a dessert reception I was just thinking maybe something like this: Trio of Fountains White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate and Milk Chocolate Fresh Fruit Skewers, Pretzel Sticks. Peanut Butter Cookies, Cream Puffs, Strawberries, Marshmallows, Graham Crackers Fruit and Cheese Display A Display of Imported and Domestic Cheeses including Danish Bleu, Tillamook Cheddar, Pepper Jack, English Sage Derby, Red Windsor and Brie Accompanied by Fresh Sliced Honeydew, Cantaloupe, Pineapple, Red Grapes and Strawberries Bridal and Groom's CakeAny suggestions?
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    edited December 2011
    Well, I've been to numerous Saturday receptions that were pretty much dead and shortlived so I'm not so sure that it has to do with the day of the week.  I attribute it more to the scheduling.  Sometimes, the guests are tired b/c the bride takes forever to come out of the darn room and the wedding is 45 minutes to 2 hours late.  They (the guests( are just sitting there all that time and they get tired - plus, that pushes the entire day back.  Then, the pastor gets up there praying for 30 minutes and calling everybody and their cousin to have a word.  That stretches the ceremony from 20 minutes to another hour.  Then, they take pics for a very long time (instead of simply taking the individual pics prior to the wedding) and everyone is just waiting and waiting after the ceremony b/c they don't provide any sort of cocktail reception between the wedding and reception, and everyone is just standing there for 45 minutes, waiting to go inside of the reception hall.  Then, there are a million people who need to be introduced from the wedding party, a million toasts, Daddy has to dance with daughter, Mother has to dance with son, sister has to dance with brother, etc. etc.  and then FINALLY - the DJ begins.  Well, everyone is tired and wants to go home by that time.  I think that the above is the real reason that people leave early.I'm going to try to circumvent some of this by simply being on time for my own wedding. :)  That will cut down at least 45 minutes to 1 hour delay.I think that your proposed dessert reception menu sounds great.  I can't remember.  Did you also have champagne or something for the toasts and to drink?  I have often heard of these referred to as a champagne and cake receptions as in "Champagne and cake reception to follow" printed on the invitation and, from what I understand, they usually have just a little more than champagne and cake so I think that your dessert reception menu would be very good.  On the dinner menu, it looks very tasty.  I would just add a dish for vegetarians if you have any that are coming.  I have a friend who is a vegetarian and she tells me that they often have to cobble together something from the vegetable side dishes so it might be nice to have a couple of pasta salads or a vegetable dish for them (something other than sides).My FH and I are having our wedding/reception late Sunday afternoon/evening at a country club, and we are doing our ceremony outside.  I took a quick poll of close friends and they all said that they'd be there, no matter, they'd just take off from work the next day.  So maybe check with those people that you'd absolutely want to be there and go forward if that all sounds good. 
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