Post # 1
My fiancee and I are having an intimate wedding in July 2015 with 20 guests. I’m not doing the buffet nor the sit down 3 course meal reception.
I’m having difficulty finding the perfect wording for our wedding invitation… The ceremony will take place at a Catholic Church followed by an hr long of mingling and eating appetizers in the church patio. 1) What do you call what I’m having- “Cocktails” (doubt it since no alcohol will be served)/ “Cake and Punch” ?????
I have the option of having the ceremony any time between 10 a.m and 6p.m. 2) What time would be ideal for what I’m having?
3) Are the following appetizers okay: tea sandwiches, assorted mini wraps, fruit platter, cheese platter, veggie platter, lemonade and iced tea???
4) And how many trays/platters should I order of each? Each platter says it feeds 12-16 people.
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks Bees.
Post # 2
LilyValley: I would say “refreshments to follow”.
That pre-supposes that you choose a time for the ceremony so that the refreshment hour does not fall over a normal meal time. If you choose 10 am, with refreshments starting at 11, people will expect enough food to be lunch. Ditto with an 11, 12 or even 1 pm start. A safe choice would be a 2 pm ceremony. People wil not be expecting to eat a meal at 3 pm.
Post # 3
I agree with PP regarding the timing and I think saying ‘refreshments to follow’ is a good idea.
Also just thought I would mention that it sounds a bit like a high tea with the little sandwiches and iced tea etc. Perhaps you could call it that if you get that vibe?
How many platters to get really depends on how full you want your guests afterwards. I think for a light cocktail party they say 4-5 pieces per person (but I’m not 100% on that) so maybe use that as a guide.