Post # 1
My FI and I recently booked our reception venue and a downside is that the hor’dourves will be served in the main ballroom, buffet style. I always envisioned my wedding to have a separate room for that. We have the option to book the smaller ballroom for it but we will have to fork over 30K in total. I wish I had that kind of cash…
Any of you experience the same problem? Have you attended a wedding where the appetizers were served in the main room? How did it turn out?
Post # 3
Is there some way of roping off part of the ballroom to serve the hors d’ouevres in? That way people won’t be sitting in their chairs instead of mingling.
That being said, I don’t see a huge problem with it. This way people will be able to put their purses and coats down at their seats, then get up and have cocktails. Just have the passed hors d’ouevres only served in one section of the room, or have the plates set up on one side. People will stick around in that area.
Post # 4
My sister had hors d’ouevres, dinner, and dancing all in the same ballroom. The dance floor was in the middle, with tables all around, a bar at each end, and hors d’ouevres buffet style at at each end. People did exactly what tanya2s says – dropped their stuff at their seats and them mostly stood and mingled. Some older folks parked themselves at their seats, as it was hard for them to stand the whole time, and it was nice to have tables and chairs for them. It was actually very nice.
Post # 5
Our cocktail hour will be in the same room. I actually like it better this way. You can put down your purse/coat, etc… and then mingle. I’ve been to quite a few weddings like that and people definitely still walk around during the cocktail hour – and as suzanno mentioned, the older folks can go ahead and take a seat.
Post # 6
Our cocktail hour was held in the main ballroom as well. Originally, the lobby and a smaller room was going to be where the hors d’overes would be served. But given the amount of guests attending, there was no way the smaller rooms can accomodate the masses. Logistically, holding it in the main ballroom was the best thing. No one was crowded at each food station, the flow was really nice and open. And people were able to sit at their seats, sit down, and eat (and walk around and mingle, if they wanted).
Post # 7
Thanks for your response and help! I now feel better about having our appetizer hour in the main room.