(Closed) Dinner or Hors d’oeuvres??? What do the bees believe?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Friday night reception... Full dinner or Hor d'oeuvres??
    Full dinner, people will most likely be hungry! : (55 votes)
    90 %
    Hor d'oeuvres, most people will have had a snack & will be ready to party! : (6 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 4
    576 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I think dinner for sure for the reasons you mentioned.

    Post # 5
    566 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Definately have dinner. 

    Even if they ate something small before traveling, you have to figure that was probably 2 1/2 to 3 hours before the food at the reception.  Also, even if you have “heavy” hor d’oeuvres, they never seem to fill people up like a dinner.

    Post # 6
    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    what time do the ceremony and reception start?

    Post # 8
    2313 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011


    In that case, definitely dinner. That’s around 8 pm for the reception to be starting and people will be hungry! I think hors d’oeuvres are fine for a fairly early reception, but that’s dinner time.

    Post # 9
    163 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I think it depends also on what kind of entertainment you want to do after the food! If you want people to start partying right away, a long dinner might not be the best! But if that’s not a problem, and cost is not a problem, I’d go for the dinner.

    In my experience at weddings you eat loads of food, so I always make sure I get there hungry! I think that if you decide to go for the hors d’oevres, you should let people know beforehand (in the invitation, or website, or tell them) so they know what to expect and prepare accordingly!

    Post # 10
    6015 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Yeah if people are coming right from work, then just the hors d’ovevres wouldn’t bee enough.

    Post # 11
    267 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I voted for the full dinner. I know this depends on the region you’re from and what’s custom there – but one of my pet peeves is going to a wedding, especially one around a meal time, where they only have light hors d’oeuvres.  I feel like it’s important to serve your guests a full meal.

    Post # 12
    276 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Yeah, I agree. Most people will look forward to having dinner at that time of evening. Which is exactly why we are having a 2 o’clock wedd, with reception immediately following, with heavy hors d’eouvres….heavy. cocktail style is definitely the less expensive route than sitdown for us….

    Post # 13
    3526 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I think because it’s Friday Night a lot of people will be leaving work early, running home to change and going straight to your wedding, def full dinner.

    If it was Saturday or Sunday I might lean more towards hors d’oeuvres.

    Post # 14
    2775 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    Full dinner.  A 6:30 or 7:00 start time puts your wedding right at prime dinnertime, so people will expect to be fed.

    Post # 15
    3525 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    In your situation, I would say full dinner, but hors d’oeuvres are totally fine on a Friday night wedding as well.

    Post # 16
    3049 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    I hate going to weddings where there are finger foods, and I have to go out to eat afterwards just to get full. So I am trying (key word trying) to have a full dinner. I understand finger food because it’s less expensive. But if you have the money I would choose the dinner so guests can actually be satisfied.

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