Hors d'oeuvres for lunch reception or can I skip them?

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
3735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Soon2BMrsG2014:  If you make your guests wait on you after the ceremony, I would give them light food and drink to pass the time away. You may think it’s only an hour or so but if folks got up early, traveled same day and whatnot, it might have been a few hours since they had anything even available to them.

I think offering a light something would be the best way to treat your family and friends.

Post # 4
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I might offer something light, just so they don’t get hungry while waiting.  Maybe like a cheese platter.  I wouldn’t do formal hot hors d’oeuvres.  That is too much for a lunch and you aren’t giving them enough time.  I don’t think it is a huge deal if you don’t offer anything, but it would be nice.  

Post # 5
2740 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

You don’t need butler passed hot hors d’oeuvres but I would offer a cheese and fruit display for people to munch on while they wait.

Post # 6
2173 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Your ceremony starts at 11 and you’re serving lunch at 12?  How long is the ceremony?  If it’s about half an hour, I wouldn’t even bother with the hors d’oeuvres.

Post # 7
2896 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i don’t think you absolutely have to, but like others have said something small might be nice. i didn’t really do hors d’oevres at my wedding because at almost every wedding i’ve gone to it seems like people fill up on appetizers and aren’t hungry for dinner so a lot of food goes to waste.

Post # 8
2395 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I wouldn’t worry about it with such a short break.  We did something similar – our ceremony was at 10:30, and brunch started at noon (with about a 15 minute drive between venues).  So for the 1/2 hour before the meal, the bars were open and people could have beer, wine, bloody marys, mimosas, soda, etc.

Post # 9
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

That is such a short break that I would not worry about it. The receiving line alone could take all that time. 

Post # 10
10904 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

“Plus, we will be having things like coconut shrimp, cheese, and veggies at 11:30 AM…… So it will be heavy food & then salmon/crab cakes for lunch entree.”

I am a little confused by your question, because that heavy food you’re already planning to serve prior to your lunch entree actually would BE your hors d’oeuvres. 🙂

Post # 11
729 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would at least have a drink and maybe some nuts or cheese or something super simple, since there is a little bit of time between the ceremony and reception.

Wait, so you are having shrimp and such at 11:30? Those are hordorves…

Post # 12
4750 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It sounds like you’re already serving apps? The shrimp, cheese, and veggies? 

If there is any sort of wait time between your arrival and when lunch is served, some sort of refreshments should be offered. While I personally would serve some apps, with only 30 minutes of “cocktail hour” you could get away with just cheese/fruit trays.

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