Oops, I forgot to post mine. Make sure you scroll down to check out what Meredith sent in!
From : Me :) I love doing dessert receptions for welcome parties. I'll tell you why; for one, dessert is after dinner. That means you can begin the reception as late as 8pm. This gives everyone enough time to get in town, have dinner, and make it to your first wedding weekend shindig.
Secondly, its inexpensive. Well, at least it can be. It's all about the concept of creative catering, which your wedding planner is good at- use her(or him) for it!
And finally...everyone loves dessert. Add a few cocktails and a fancy coffee bar, maybe even a chef attended crepe station and you have a Wow for a Welcome PARTY!