Late ceremony and appetizers with open bar?

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 4
2173 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Perfectly acceptable.

I wouldn’t, however, say “Eat dinner before you come” on the invites.  Maybe word it more like “Appetizers and drinks to follow the ceremony.”  Or however you would like to suggest that a full dinner will not be served.


Post # 5
33 posts

totally acceptable-  I’m planning something very similar.  Rather than be awkward and tell them to eat before hand-  On your invites word it more professionally-  “Recpetion with hor’ dourves and drinks to follow.”  They will catch on! 

Post # 6
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Since your reception is not over a typical meal time, you should be ok.  We put “Lunch Reception to Follow” at the bottom of our invitations to let guests know that a lunch meal would be served.  You could put something like “Hors d’oeuvres and drinks to follow” or “Join us for appetizers, drinks, and dancing!” or just spread via word of mouth to let people know there will be food but not a full meal.

Post # 7
307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I had a cocktail style reception, not to cut down on costs but because I like it better than a traditional sit down style. We got married at 7:00 pm and had heavy appetizers all night, cake and dancing.  I had so many compliments on that style of wedding.  It made it more social.. people moved around and chatted with eachother instead of always going back to your assigned table.  I would 100% recommend it!  On the invite I put something like “Ceremony followed by hors d’ourves and dancing” and then underneath just wrote “open bar.”  Everyone knew to have something before they came.  If your ceremony is starting that late they will get the impression that dinner will not be served too. And word of mouth…. Tell people if you are speaking with them about your wedding. 

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