Post # 1
It just hit me how close our wedding is getting and we haven’t saved nearly enough for our big day. We were originally planning on having a full sit-down dinner after a cocktail hour at an evening reception.
Now, I just started considering having an afteroon wedding (thinking reception would start around 2pm) and having appetizers rather than a full meal. I also like the idea that people would be more likely to move around rather than being chained to a table of people they may not even like.
How many appetizers per person would I need?
How long should an afternoon reception last?
We currently have a spanish guitarrist playing for our ceremony and we reserved him for a total of 3.5 hours (which would have been through cocktails and dinner hour) and we were originally planning on having our friend DJ after the guittarist, but how long does an afternoon reception usually last? do we even need a DJ?
should we have only passed appetizers or stationary appetizers, or a combo of both?
any help with an afternoon wedding timeline would be so helpful too!!
and what kind of seating should there be? should i stick to mostly cocktail tables?
thanks in advance for your help! i just don’t know what to do!
Post # 3
We are doing an afternoon wedding too! Here are some things to think about. We are skipping the DJ, and doing some ipod playlist music because we don’t see people getting crazy on the dance floor at three in the afternoon. THe food part is tricky though. Everywhere we looked, apps were more expensive then full meals or equal in price. Those cute “little bites” are super labor intensive to prepare so they cost more. We ended up deciding to do the food ourself (we both have a background in restaurant/catering) and serve sandwiches, soups and cake. Other options we looked at that were more cost friendly were BBQ (either pulled pork or burgers) or a dessert and punch/cake and punch reception. A lunch menu in general = much cheaper 🙂
The other things we are considering but haven’t finalized are a nice dinner with both sets of parents and siblings (15ish people) either later that evening or the following day, and the possibility of the younger “party” crowd heading to a local bar for cocktails and dancing that evening as an afterparty.
Post # 4
Agree. Those little canapes are expensive. You would need at least 4 per person as a snack. If you’re thinking of serving them as meals, probably at least 10 (15 would be better).
Maybe if you also have something heavier like sandwiches/pasta, you could get away with 4-5 apps?
Post # 5
Apps are actually usually more expensive than a meal when you think about how many you need to have per person to make up for a meal. Have you thought about doing a station? Like maybe passed apps and like a pasta station or mashed potato bar?
I probably wouldn’t worry about a DJ. For an afternoon wedding, there isn’t usually a lot of dancing (at least at the ones i’ve attended). I think you’ll be fine using an iPod.
Post # 6
@MNic: By having the reception at 2pm, would that reduce the number of appetizers people would eat? how many do you think you would eat at a midday wedding? i figure we could save on the alcohol by having it in the afternoon too.
Post # 7
I think you could definitly save on the alcohol with the afternoon event. For the appetizers I would guess people would eat at leasts 4-5 pieces.