Eating before entering the reception?

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I plan to sit down and eat during dinner, so there’s no need to sneak food in elsewhere. It’s a plated dinner, I doubt guests are going to be wandering around bothering us while we’re trying to eat. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Our caterer personally served us first at our table before everyone went through the buffet line. It worked out great for us. Most people respected the fact that we were eating and didn’t try to talk to us until we were finished. I would recommend having either the caterer or a specified person get you a plate of food before anyone else is served. We loved our food, and are glad we didn’t miss out!

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@kmb727:  I am thinking of doing this with our reception except we’ll grab plates before opening the buffet to the guests; we’ll take the plates to a private room to eat without interruptions before going out to greet guests at the tables.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We did this. We ate in the bridal suite right after the ceremony. (Ceremony and reception were at same location.) I’m glad we did bc my mom still complains to this day that she wasn’t able to eat during the reception bc she was too busy socializing. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We had sandwiches and snacks in a cooler with us to eat after the  ceremony while we were doing pictures. When we arrived at the reception venue the caterers brought in a plate of appetizers for us to eat in the bridal suite before making our grand entrance.

During dinner  they also served us and our bridal party first. I definitely felt like I was able to relax and eat before talking to everyone for the rest of the night

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Our caterer brought us drinks and plates of hors d’oeuvres to eat before we entered the reception during cocktail hour.  My friends bustled my dress while I was eating, so the time did double duty.  I’m so glad we did this!!  Our caterer also prepared dinner plates from the buffet and brought them to us at our sweetheart table, but we didn’t have a chance to take more than a few bites.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

We did this. We had a first look, so we took all of the pictures before the ceremony. After the ceremony, our bridal party went and enjoyed cocktail hour with the guests and my DH and I sat upstairs in the bridal suite having a beer and eating dinner. It was fantastic. We were able to visit all of the tables during dinner and talk with the guests. The caterer boxed up some food for us too, so we had a late night snack back at the hotel room.

My mom complained to me the next morning that she forgot to eat at the reception since she was taking care of the grandparents and talking with everyone, so she was glad the caterer wrapped them up some leftovers too.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’ve never heard of this idea before! I’m intrigued; even mentioned it to mom and she thought it was a good idea. We don’t have a bridal suite so not sure how that would work…there’s really nowhere to eat.

Hmmm…

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

No one interrupted us during dinner at all! we had a sweetheart table and everybody waited for us to come to them

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We ate during our cocktail hour with our guests, ate a full (amazing) dinner at our table with our parents at the reception, and ate dessert as we mingled before dancing. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m going to at least snack.  As wonderful as reception food is every bride I’ve ever known has been too swept up in the moment, talking to people, dancing, generally having a great time, to actually sit down and eat much of their reception food.  Since I’m having an evening wedding I also don’t want to end up on YouTube as a bride who passed out at the alter.  In addition if you have some food on your stomach it will help absorb any alcohol you consume.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

@HotnHollerin:  You should talk to your venue. They might have a little room attached to the kitchen or something where they could set up a table for you.

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@kmb727:  Our caterers brought food and champagne to our bridal room while we were getting ready.

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