Post # 1
I am having a small (~50ppl) ceremony and reception (close friends and family) on a Sunday: 101010 at a bed and breakfast in Palm Springs CA. We’ve rented the grounds which includes a small private garden area and casita rental. It will be between 3-6 and we are planning to do a lite Hors D’Oeuvres and cake reception due to budgetary constraints. I have a caterer that will give me a choice of 4 items tray served at about $1000 with the cooking done on site. Another $200 for 2 waiters/servers.
I was wondering whether it would be a bad idea, or cheesy to do a boxed lunch (with a nice bow to match the wedding colors) instead? I thought it would go with the garden theme….This would allow for more food to be purchased and I would save money on servers and caterers. Guests can grab a box on their own time whenever they are ready to eat.
There will be beer, wine and champagne also.
Would love any feedback. Thanx….
Post # 3
If you are having a casual style wedding, boxed lunches would probably work. We are having a small ceremony too, but we are going with a buffet. Our reception will probably be from about 2-5:30. I don’t really like boxed lunches, so I didn’t even consider that, but you know your guests best, so it might work for you.
Post # 4
I love the boxed lunch idea! It’s cute and different and you can find alot of good inspiration pics online. Just make sure you choose foods that everybody will like, or have 2 or 3 types of boxes with different selections.
Post # 5
I would also maybe call it a “picnic lunch” instead of a boxed lunch. Maybe it’s just me, but I have bad associations with the words “boxed lunch” because I’ve had some really bad mass-made boxed lunches. But, I am sure the food in your boxes is going to be delicious and made on a much smaller scale!
Post # 6
i’d call it a picnic, too. boxed lunches remind me of career fairs and meetings where we get crappy sandwiches.
I’ve had boxed lunches from some gourmet deli shops that blew my mind, though!
Picnic sounds better =]
Post # 7
I think naming it a picnic lunch would be a good idea. I just want to make sure there will be enough seating for everyone? Trying to eat standing up is horrible!
Post # 8
I love the lunch idea, it would be so sweet and definitely unique! Sounds like lots of fun 🙂
Post # 9
I LOVE the boxed lunch idea! In this post by Mrs. Penguin, she talked about going to the B-List for a bridal blogging meetup, they had the cutest boxed lunches! She mentions it as inspiration for a shower but I think that it could definitely work for a casual shower as well. [attachment=1017887,126024]
Post # 10
At first, this struck me as strange, but as soon as I started seeing it as a picnic theme it really worked for me. Brown kraft paper boxes, gingham ribbons, cute labels with your names and wedding date? It could be really cute. The quality of boxed lunches really varies, but if you trust your caterer, it can be great. I think this is a good idea because it will save you money, but also because guests will get fed more substantially and I think they’ll enjoy talking about your creative idea.
Post # 11
I think the picnic-in-a-box idea would work great as long as there is enough seating for everyone – I am trying to imagine holding my drink in one hand and a box in the other, and then I’m out of hands and can’t actually eat anything 🙁
Post # 12
I see that well over half the responses came in in favor of the hors d’ouvres, yet all of the responses talk about how the bxed lunches are a cute idea.
If you are having a caual wedding reception, I don’t suppose it would be a bad thing. I think the pic that kirabee posted was kind of cute.
However, since I voted for the H D’s, and no one else from that camp posted, I thought I’d mention why I did. I guess I’m imagining what would be inside. Even for a casual reception, a bag of potato chips doesn’t seem to fit in to me. I’d also be disappointed that likely nothing hot would be served. (Although you didn’t mention what would be in the boxes.) Even for a casual wedding, I would probably still wear a dress, and would feel weird trying to sit on the ground(?) in it. (I don’t know, ppl are talking picnic here.) I’d also be taken back just a little having to pick up my lunch and carry it to my seat. (Sorry, maybe it’s because I’ve never really been to a wedding reception that’s casual before.) Or maybe the way I’m imagining it in my head, is not how you’d present it…
I could see receiving the idea more warmly, if you had tables for everyone, and perhaps had the lunches already at each place setting.
Post # 13
I voted against the box lunch because they remind me of career fairs and other boring business events. Also, they usually come with the mayo and mustard on the side, and it’s always a mess to try to get the condiments into the sandwich. If I were wearing a nice dress outside I wouldn’t want to mess with a mustard packet for fear of ruining my dress. Also the chips might be greasy so I would be afraid of getting grease on my hands and all over my dress.
Post # 14
I love the idea of a picnic lunch, especially if you found some fun patterned sheets to spread out for those who wanted as picnic blankets, and chairs and tables for people who can’t/don’t want to sit on the ground.
Meg over at apracticalwedding.com has some great posts about doing a picnic reception: