After all, a sit-down dinner isn't for everyone.

Weddings have changed a lot over the years, but they've never looked more different than they have in the past year: In the wake of COVID-19, couples learned that a wedding can be just about anything—a celebration held on a computer screen, a drive-by parade, a family-only dinner, or an intimate elopement. While nationwide vaccinations and lower transmission rates mean that we'll soon start to see more traditional events, there's a good chance that some couples will continue to embrace these new approaches to getting married. If a traditional sit-down dinner is just not your thing, you may be looking for creative alternatives. Here, we're sharing three great ideas to consider.

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Brunch Wedding Reception

Not interested in a traditional evening wedding? Plan a brunch celebration instead. Invite guests to join you from 11 A.M. until 2 P.M., and serve brunch classics like French toast, mimosas, and omelettes. This is also a great option for anyone who wants something a bit less formal, as daytime celebrations are generally more casual than nighttime ones.

Dessert Wedding Reception

If you and your spouse-to-be are huge dessert people, plan a party that focuses on your favorite sweet treats. Follow a nighttime ceremony with a dessert bar and an array of dessert-style cocktails. If you do go this route, make sure your guests know that there will not be a dinner—mention it on your wedding invitations so no one arrives hungry.

Cocktail Night

Fill the night with drinks and appetizers instead of a heavy meal. Your guests will love that they are free to walk table to table and mingle with other guests or get early access to the dance floor. Host food stations, like a macaroni bar or a baked potato line, so that guests can graze throughout the night whenever they're hungry.


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