Post # 1
We are thinking about having our wedding at 7PM on a Friday night. What kind of food do you think would be best to serve at this time? Are heavy finger foods (like meatballs, skewers, fruit trays, spinach dip) ok or should there be other things? Please help.
Post # 3
If you are not serving a full dinner, I would be sure to put “Cocktail and hor’s d’ouevres” receptino to follow so people won’t expect dinner. I would err on the heavy side. Meatballs, shrimp skewers, mini-grilled cheese and tomato soup shooters (hearty and easy). Just make sure that you have enough for each person to have 8-10 pieces per person.
Post # 4
It really depends on what is common in your families and social circle. Is 7pm when you and your family normally eats supper? If so, then go ahead and serve a full meal. If that is later than you and your family typically eat, then go ahead and serve heavy appetizers. Contrary to popular belief, heavy appetizers are filling and people can easily make a full meal out of them. There is a huge misconception that heavy appetizers are no more hearty than dainty tea sandwiches. However they actually include carving stations that are served with rolls, egg rolls, chicken strips, burger sliders, and the list goes on. If this is served during the normal dinner hour in place of a plated/buffet meal, then it is suggested to have 15-20 pieces per person (which is actually twice the amount of food that you would be served if the meal was plated) and if they go home hungry, it’s no one’s fault but their own. On the flip side, they are much more expensive than a plated/buffet meal. It boils down to what type of vibe you want at your reception since neither is right or wrong.
Since you would be serving the same amount of food (more actually) as with a plated meal, there is no need to specifically call it a cocktail reception since that will lead many people to think you aren’t feeding them at all so then they need to eat before they leave, which will leave you with a ton of wasted food and money because folks are too stuffed when they arrive. Just call it dinner.
Also, make sure to have tables and chairs for each guest. If there is nowhere to sit down, set their stuff anywhere, including plates and drinks, people will leave early. Not everyone will sit down but there must be seats for everyone regardless.
Post # 5
Our wedding was at 7pm on a Friday evening with the reception immediately following. We had a regular dinner buffet. We had a great band and ended up extending the reception another hour since no one wanted to go hom.
Post # 6
we’re planning for a 7PM reception on a Saturday night and will be serving a full buffet dinner & dessert. we tend to eat our dinner later (about 7:30ish) so this works for us. it may not work for all of our guests, so i’ll probably need to make it clear to folks to eat a late lunch…