Must formal weddings have passed hors d'oeurves?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Formal wedding must have passed hors d'oeurves?
    Yes : (7 votes)
    22 %
    No : (17 votes)
    53 %
    Depends on the stations : (8 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 3
    216 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I think a spreads station can still be fancy!

    Post # 4
    6194 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    I voted that it depends on the stations, but what you’re thinking sounds fine.

    Post # 5
    47 posts
    • Wedding: February 2013

    IMO what you described sounds great!  I’ve noticed that when people provide both tray-passed hors d’oeurves and a cheese/fruit/deli station, the station food seems to have many, many leftovers.  So I recommend one or the other, but not both, unless your budget is limitless!

    We had an evening wedding and provided 4-5 tray passed hors d’oeurves.  I believe 3-4 were included in our package and we chose not to add a station due to what I described above.  We did however upgrade our hors d’oeurves to more expensive ones, and I’m really happy we did.  We had many, many compliments about the food, and people loved the hors d’oeurves!


    Post # 7
    2243 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    Some spread sections can be REALLY luxurious. I went to a $100K+ wedding & the hors d’oeuvres were exclusively served as a buffet… There was an obscene amount of delicious food! 

    Post # 11
    2243 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    @minipenguin:  Oh my gosh, I couldn’t pinpoint them; the theme was international so different sections were all ethnic cuisines. There was sushi, meatballs, bruschetta, philo pastries, mezzes, curried skewers, quiches etc etc etc. just to name a few. It was really a full (over the top) spread!

    Post # 13
    778 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I don’t think they have to–BUT every formal wedding I’ve been to did have them. It’s really your call. That said, most people probably wouldn’t miss them if you didn’t have them. A fancy cheese and charcouterie spread sounds lovely. 

    Just be sure to feed your guests. Do not serve cocktails to guests on an empty stomach. People will get drunk faster–which isn’t a good thing. Plus, people usually get pretty hungry by dinner time. 

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