Post # 1
FI and I have been trying to figure out what to do for our reception. Although we are thankful for the help we are receiving from my parents for the day, we are not sure we can afford an actual dinner for all 50 people we think will be showing up. One idea my mom had would be to only do the pie we want (plus maybe a small round cake only one tier for the topper) plus fruit and some appetizers or something. But I’ve heard that appetizers can be almost as costly! Then we’d have a dinner somewhere after that with just immediate family. Only problem is our wedding will be mainly family anyway so I don’t know if that will work very well.
Post # 3
how about a cocktail reception, wine cheese and hor d’oeuvres
Post # 4
Yeah, I agree. Hor d’oeuvres is definately a great money saving option! You could probably feed everyone for half of what you would pay for a meal – maybe even less 🙂
Post # 5
yes, sometimes appetizers can get costly, depending on how many you get. for example, if you wanted an all-hors d’oeuvres reception during a time in the day when people would usually be eating a meal (lunch or dinner), then they will probably expect to eat about 10-12 appetizers each. that really adds up! i’ve looked into this and while it may not be as expensive as a seated meal, it doesn’t save the kind of money i was hoping for.
however, if you host the reception at an off hour, like 3 or 4, people will have eaten lunch already and will not be expecting as much food as a 1pm or 7pm reception.
Post # 6
You could always do a potluck reception too. That’s what I’m doing and I’ve gotten really good feedback from the guests, they’re excited to do it and excited that they can make their specialties.
Post # 7
::smacks forehead:: See! I totally forgot about just wine and cheese! Nice! I guess the only thing that would bother me is having our pictures taken at high noon….squinty eyes—if we had the reception at 3 or 4.
Post # 8
I’m also having a small reception..well small to me, about 80 people. We are having it after the main lunchtime, recption starts at 2, so we are just doing appetizers: veggies, dips, meatballs, pinwheel sandwiches. I figure I can do all the food for less than $400.