Post # 1
Hi everyone, I’m looking for advice on food at our reception.
I’m from the UK but we are having a destination wedding at a beach front hotel in Spain.
Our ceremony is starting at 6.30pm, finishing at approx 7.15pm, then we are having a cocktail hour before our 4 course dinner is served at 8.30pm.
My question is, do you think we need to serve appetisers during this drinks hour or can we go without considering we are having a large dinner just over one hour after our ceremony ends?
I know when I am on holiday in Spain I tend to eat later than I do at home and we wouldn’t usually head out for a meal until around 9pm. Not serving appetisers will save us around 800 euros (approx $1100) so it would be a big saving.
Any advise please?
Post # 3
If you are serving alcohol during “cocktail hour” then you absolutely should have some kind of appetizer. Otherwise, your guests will be sloshed by the time dinner starts.
Post # 4
I would at least try to have fruit, veggies, crackers, etc. out during the cocktail hour. I personally hate drinking on an empty stomach.
Post # 5
Oh yes! Serve appitiizers! Not only will people probably drink less but if they drink a lot then they will have some food in their belly to soak u the alcohol so they are not hammered at the reception and plus people get hungry, and they usually dont eat to much before a wedding since they know there will be food there. Its good to have a little something!
Post # 6
If you have a cocktail hour, you certainly need to serve appetizers. People drinking on an empty stomach (which they likely will be doing, with a large meal coming up after the cocktail hour) is never a good thing.
Post # 7
I think if you’re serving alcohol you need to at least provide some small munchies.
Post # 8
Thanks everyone. We are having a menu testing when we visit Spain in April so will try out the appetisers as well as the main courses and see what we think. Some of the food on the appetisers list sounds quite strange being Spanish, so I’m sure things will become a little clearer once we’ve seen all of the food in the flesh!
Post # 9
You could probably get away with it if you weren’t having alcohol, but if you’re having cocktails, I would do some food. Doesn’t have to be fancy – but something to help curb some of that alcohol. Plus, I like to nosh! We did cheese, crackers, salami, nuts, veggies & ranch, chips & salsa.