(Closed) more food or more drinks?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think it depends on your guests. I know my crew would want me to go for the drinks, but your crowd might be different. You said yourself the 3 hour hosted bar is common for your crowd so maybe it’s better spent on the food in that case.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

I would spend it on the alcohol.  It helps to keep guests more relaxed.  I’ve been to weddings where I’ve had too many appetizers only to leave me very little room for dinner let alone cake!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

i vote alcohol…not sure how long you want your reception to last but nothing slows a party down like running out of alcohol. or you could add a ‘cocktail hour’ before dinner while everyone is getting settled in.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Alcohol.  I usually eat too many appetizers and can’t even eat my dinner!  People will appreciate the drinks.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

Are you having a champange toast?  How about for that?  Other consideration:  how much time between wedding & reception?  The longer the time, the more I’d lean toward appetizers.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Do you have any appetizers planned?  if not, as much as I love a good open bar, the food is pretty vital.  I have a friend who now comes to weddings armed with granola bars since she’s been to one-too-many wedding without enough food during the cocktail hour.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Could you split the difference? It would be nice to have a cocktail hour with food, especially around that time when people start getting hungry, but you also want to make sure that everyone has enough alcohol to get happy drunk without going over the top!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I vote for appetizers. You said in your circle open bars aren’t typical and you’re already providing beer and wine which is great!! Yes, most weddings really make you wait for the food and you don’t want people drinking on an empty stomach. The last wedding I went to about 10 people were throwing up because there was no food at cocktail hour..

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

if there is a gap between ceremony and start of dinner, (not start of reception but actual dinner), then i would put it towards the appetizers.  people get cranky when they’re hungry.  if there’s not much of a gap I would put it towards alcohol.  But one question: would you use the money to extend the open bar time or would you use it to add hard alcohol to the bar?

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Good choice to avoid a champagne toast… people rarely drink champagne! They always toast with their wine, beer, etc. Save the champagne for mimosas the morning of your wedding 🙂

I agree with moderndaisy- I would spend it on the appetizers. If there’s going to be a long wait between photos & your arrival time, I say keep them happy with food. Beer & wine is sufficient, especially if your guests aren’t heavy drinkers!

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