Are you looking for ways on how to cut down on the wedding expenses? You probably considered trimming the guest list but since you belong to a huge family and you have so many friends, this might not be possible. You also planned to do the souvenirs and invitations yourself but time limitations just would not permit you to do some DIY wedding projects. If you are running out of ideas, don’t worry. You can still save a lot of money by opting for a different kind of reception such as a dessert reception.
What is a dessert reception? A dessert reception is not your typical or traditional wedding reception. In this type of event, the main courses are skipped and desserts are the only foods served to the guests. This is normally held in the afternoon around 4 pm or after dinner hours such as 9 or 10 pm. For an afternoon dessert reception, the ceremony is usually scheduled around 2 or 3 pm while evening events would require the ceremony to be held by 8 pm just right after the guests have had their dinner.
Dessert receptions are not typical in Filipino weddings. But this might just be the great thing about it. Especially if you are the adventurous type of couple, you would probably love the idea of trying this concept in the . It would give your wedding a unique touch and help you save money of course. But you don’t have to worry much about looking cheap because another nice thing about this type of reception is that it looks elegant and sophisticated. Your guests would not have a clue that you are doing this because you are tight on the budget.
Here are some great ideas to serve on your dessert reception:
1.Common desserts - Cheesecakes, tarts, tortes, cookies, pies (buko pie, egg pie, fruit pie), pastries, ice cream, candies, cobblers, biscotti, cupcakes, leche flan, fruit salad, raisins, brownies, cream puffs, chocolate fountain, raisins, and many more.
2.Filipino treats - Platter of fresh tropical fruits, fresh fruit shakes, vegetable shakes, smoothies, banana chunks, Halo-Halo, mais con hielo, banana con hielo, gelatin, buko salad, buko pandan, sapin-sapin, maja blanca, biko, puto bungbong, bibingka, and so on.
3.More exotic desserts - Tiramisu martini and champagne, coconut macaroons, caramel bars, caramel popcorn, ice cream lollipops, ice cream sandwiches, mint salad, citrus zest, pineapple mouse, vanilla citrus parfait, butter croutons, panna cotta, and others.
Having a dessert reception is something new but because many of us have sweet tooth, you can be sure that most of your guests would enjoy it. It is also cost-effective, elegant, and creative. You can have a display of artistically designed and colorful desserts on the food stations to liven up the reception. Just make sure that you indicate in your invitation that what you would be having is a dessert reception so that guests can eat a full meal before attending your wedding and that they would not expect main courses to be served during the event.