Post # 1
My original plan was to have butler passed hors d’ouerves, a champagne toast, plated dinner service and late night snacks. I feel these are all important but I’m curious, do others feel that we may be able to cut one out of the service?
Post # 3
Personally, I’m not a big fan of champagne so I would cut that out. Also, could you just do hors d’ouerves that aren’t butler passed?
Post # 4
I usually think late night snacks can be skipped. After a full meal and dessert, I’m usually stuffed.
Post # 5
If it would save you money I would cut out the champagne toast and late night snack (if you are already serving cake and/or dessert).
Post # 6
I would ex the late night snacks. If I’m still hungry, I usually get a group of friends and go downtown or to a restaurant after weddings. The snacks are not a must.
Post # 7
Snacks aren’t a must but I think that they are cooler than a champagne toast (what’s wrong with toasting with whatever is in your glass?) and butler passed food. I always feel a little awkward and like the butler is watching how many I have. I’d rather approach a table.
Post # 8
I plan to ask our reception site explicitely when the champagne is poured. I cannot tell you how many weddings I have been to where the champagne is warm after sitting on the table for an hour…waste of $$ if you ask me.
However, if it is poured and passed I will probably do it.
Post # 9
I agree- late night snacks can be skipped. esp if you have a full meal & apps + cake. plus if you have a food related favor you’ll be fine.
Post # 10
I agree with the champagne toast as people can just toast with what they have in their glass.
I’m going to be one of the few people that think late night snacks are AWESOME! Maybe it’s just me but after a long night of dancing (and drinking) a snack is exactly what I need. I know sometimes the dessert bar/cake is still out there but I don’t have a sweet tooth. Is it necessary? Of course not but I like it.
Post # 11
I say the late night snack could be skipped, if people want food they’ll stop somewhere on the way home! =)
Post # 12
I think you could probably skip any of those if you wanted to, but if you feel they’re important, then of course it’s your call. Personally, I’m not going to have any of those and I don’t think anyone will miss them (non-passed hors d’ouerves, no champagne, buffet dinner, no late night snacks). Does the feel you’re going for call for them? I’d probably skip the snacks if you were just going to cut one–I’m pretty sure that’s not well-known outside of wedding-blog-land, so for sure no one would miss it.
Edit: Ironically, late night snacks are actually my favorite idea out of all of these, I’m just saying that I can’t imagine anyone would notice if you didn’t have them.
Post # 13
I would skip the champagne toast but offer champagne as a drink option if possible. People are fine toasting with whatever they are drinking at the time but as a champagne girl myself I am bummed when it is not an option at the bar 🙂
Plated dinners are obviously very nice but if you are looking to save money you could investigate food stations. We did a made to order cobb salad station, a pasta bar, and a fish entree and it worked out great. You can place stations all over the reception room to get guests to mingle and avoid the long lines of a buffet. We did some very nice passed hors d’ouerves during cocktail hour and the whole dinner felt very complete and still formal that way.