Post # 1
Simple Question, do we need appetizers for our wedding? We are getting married at 4pm on a Friday at a famous garden centre and guests will be free to explore the grounds. They then have 1.5 hours to make their way (the 20 mins) to the Reception venue that is on the water and again has walking trails etc.
Appetizers are set to be served at 5pm but I am trying to trim the budget and was wondering with all that guests will have to do in the 1.5 hours between exploring the gardens, making their way over and talking in the lakefront view if we really need appetizers or dinner can just be served at 6pm. For dinner, there is a salad, 2 mains (they get both, not a choice) dessert and a late night pizza and sweets buffet.
Thanks Bees for giving me your opinion!
Post # 3
Were not doing a cocktail hour or appetizers. Our ceremony is in the room directly besides our reception hall. Were doing a first look and doing the majority of our photos before the wedding starts. Once the ceremony is over, everyone will make their way to the reception hall where the festivities are set to begin right away.
The wait between the ceremony and reception is a little long, by the time guests arrive at the reception, a few appetizers and a beverage will be welcomed. To save costs, could you get the timing of your ceremony and reception closer together?
Post # 4
I think you nix it but only if you move dinner up. I also don’t think your guest will take 1.5 hours to get to the reception twenty minutes away.
I think move up the dinner to 5:30pm would be a better idea. Unless you need the time to take photos and in that case I think it’s best to stick to the most economical options and try to trim the budget in other ways.
Post # 5
@missjewels: I’d suggest considering at least some cheese and crackers or crudites. You don’t have to go with expensive hors d’oeuvres, but something would be nice for the people who arrive early or in case something happens to delay the start of dinner.
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
I totally think it’s okay for you to cut out the appetizers! It sounds like you’re going to have a lot for dinner, and 6 is decently early enough to serve without appetizers. If you still want them in the end though, I would think one of your late night snack buffets would be fine to cut for the budget too.
Post # 7
I don’t think you need served appetizers, but putting out some cheese, crackers, water, ice tea, etc would be nice and inexpensive
Post # 8
I’d cut them. We didn’t have appys and no one missed them. I would make sure that there are drinks available, though, even if it’s just iced tea.
Post # 9
You don’t need them, but to be honest, I would be really bored for an hour and a half. It is unlikely that if I am dressed for a wedding I would do much exploring of gardens and one can only take in a view for so long. I would try to have something small to snack on just to give people something to do or move dinner up .