Wedding receptions are not one-size-fits-all affairs. From choosing the music to decorating your wedding venue, your reception should reflect you as a couple without a thought to the old-fashioned rules. There are many different directions you can go when planning your wedding reception, so start by settling on the type of affair that suits your style. Use these popular wedding reception types as a starting point.
Breakfast or Brunch Reception
Wedding receptions don’t have to linger into the evening. Sometimes, a sunny morning ceremony followed by breakfast and brunch foods is a refreshing option. Consider serving up foods like eggs Benedict, French toast, and frittatas with mimosas, Bellinis, and other fruit-based cocktails alongside coffees and teas. This type of wedding reception can help you cut your budget, since breakfast foods are often less expensive than a full menu, and because guests will likely drink less. Simple, understated décor for your wedding venue is a good choice for this kind of reception.
Lunch receptions have the advantage of leaving your wedding evening free without having to get as early of a start as you would with a breakfast reception. Often, foods you want for your guests are less expensive for a lunchtime ceremony, but you will have to keep an eye on time management so you don’t overstay your wedding venue rental. A twist on the lunch reception is an afternoon tea reception that begins later than lunchtime. If you plan to have a tea reception, just be sure it is communicated to guests on the invitation so they don’t expect a meal.
Full Service Dinner Reception
A full service dinner reception is the most traditional kind of reception at wedding venues. The reception happens in the evening, and your guests get a complete meal. Usually, this kind of reception is preceded by a cocktail hour. In some cases, couples choose to have a cocktail reception with drinks and appetizers rather than a full meal.
At The Glasshouses, our event space near NYC is the perfect wedding reception venue for any type of affair. Find out more about our party spaces and start designing your reception today by calling 888-836-2911.