Post # 1
I’ve found a lot of posts about having an hor dourves only reception but I thought I’d post my particular situation and see what people think… I want to start by saying nothing is final since we have a year yet to plan and my venue and caterer are wonderfully flexible.
My wedding venue is at a ranch and we are planning a pretty casual wedding so I was thinking of having an outdoor ceremony at 2 with a reception in the barn at 3. Like almost every bride these days, I’m on a tight budget so we were going to have Hor dourves (suggestions of what to serve is also appreciated) throughout the reception then dancing inside and games outside (for those who want a break from dancing). We also have the option of using a bonfire when it starts to get dark and I was throwing around the idea of having food there to “roast over the fire” (i.e. hotdogs, smores) if people become hungry again. I was thinking the reception would fizz out around 9pm?
Have at it, thanks in advance!!
Post # 3
If there’s not enough food or it isn’t filling it will fizzle out before then. I would serve protein based things. Shrimp cocktail, hummus and pita bread as a veggie option etc. If its just cheese and crakers people will get hungry and leave.
Post # 4
You could also do something like pulled pork or cold roast chicken with salads which would keep costs down as well. Or just go all out BBQ and do burgers and hotdogs and salads.
I would probably push the ceremont to 3pm, light snacks/drinks and mingling at 4pm (cheese, vegies and dips etc), dinner at 5/5.30 then cake and smores for dessert over the bonfire.
Post # 5
I’ve been to Appetizer Only weddings before and the one thing I notice is people flock to the ‘filler foods’ or as Mrs Christopher pointed out, protein based items. As long as you have foods that are higher in protein/carbohydrates a lot of people won’t even care it wasn’t a three-course dinner. It may be a good idea to keep some food on hand for a back-up, though. Maybe even just a chips and dip?
Post # 6
@j_jaye: I agree with this! Maybe in addition to the Hor Dourves you could serve one mealish item at the same time, like pulled pork or pulled chicken? And make sure that the actual Hor Dourves are very substantial, so that a full plate of them would fill someone up in a similar way that a meal does.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars
Yes, people will leave if they get hungry so I would make sure that there is enough food. If appetizer only means simply less quantity, I would get “hangry” and leave. At the very least, let people know so that they can eat a big lunch and plan ahead
Post # 8
I’ve only been to one reception like this but it was fine…they had tons of food and no one was hungry in the least. I think they had maybe 10-12 different types of food to choose from though. This was several years ago but I think they had things like mini quesadillas, swedish meatballs, that kind of stuff along with the typical cheese and crackers, fruit etc..
Post # 9
i love hors d’ouevres and cocktail receptions. i could totally snack on those all night.
i have been to a few cocktail receptions and i enjoyed them. however, they were 6 or 7pm at night. you can totally do it in the afternoon but keep your guests’ appetites in mind. you will need a lot of hors d’ouevres to keep them fiiled up, especially over their regular dinner time.
be aware that cocktail receptions served in lieu of dinner can cost the same if not more than a regular sit down dinner. so if you want to save money, i would weigh out all of my food options and timing before getting your heart set on it.
Post # 10
We are doing something like that, we will be getting deli platters from Fresh Market. They have some great stuff like gourmet deli wraps, salmon torte, gourmet cheese trays, etc. Easy, yummy, and non-budget breaking 🙂
Post # 11
We are doing an hors d’ourve and food station wedding and it’s going to be a morning/afternoon brunch thing.
I’m thinking of having hors d’ourves and then turkey and ham sandwich stations + fruit, veggie, and cheese platters.
I figure for lunch/brunch, it will be plenty in the end.