Post # 1
The guests will be at the reception venue around 12pm, and we are taking pictures for about an hour. We are hoping to be announced at 1:15pm. In the meantime, the DJ will be playing music, and there will be veggies & dip for them to eat. Also, water and sweet tea. We’re not serving alcohol. Do I need to have anything else for them to eat / do?
Post # 3
I think you should have a bit more variety in the food and drink areas. Even if you aren’t serving alcohol, you can do fun mocktails, gourmet sodas, or fun lemonade flavors – raspberry, cherry, strawberry, etc. As for food, veggies and dip is good, but I’d add a couple for selections.
Post # 4
I agree you need more food and drink options. we didnt have alcohol but we had lots of different types of juice, soda and non alcoholic beverages.
Post # 5
During our cocktail hour we served hot chocolate, hot apple cider, coffee, tea and maple taffy on snow. We also handed out our favors, which were s’mores kits, which doubled as an activity by the firepit outside. We also had a horse drawn sleigh ride guests could enjoy. All this worked really well for our winter wedding!
I do think you should have a bit more variety in the food and drink area (I’m not a huge fan of veggies and dip personally) and if you can somehow add an activity in that would be perfect!
Post # 6
Yeah, sweet tea and veggies and dip was just not cutting it in my mind either. Thanks for confirming that. I am meeting with my caterer this week, so I will see if there is a way to get a cheese and crackers platter and maybe also have flavored lemonade or something.
I am going to add a coloring page that will end up being the guestbook, like another bee did. Here is her template: http://diy.weddingbee.com/topic/my-guestbook-pages-3 So there’s an activity.
With the added food and activity…Does that sound better?
Post # 7
What you have is fine. No one should be that starved that they can’t tide themselves over with what you have until lunch is served, especially since lighter meals are served during the daytime.
Post # 8
I agree that I’d add at least lemonade and sodas, and maybe also a meat and cheese platter (although I personally feel that food’s not probably necessary.)
Post # 9
A themed drink station could be fun if you could afford it.
For example, a lemonade station that had regular lemonade and either strawberry or raspberry lemonade with various fruits to snack on or put in.
Or a hot chocolate station with different flavors and toppings.
Post # 10
I would maybe try to come up with something that might be a little heavier than just veggies. Even if it’s just 1-2 items…a quish (pretty inexpensive) or something like that.
I consider 12pm to be a mealtime, and while I’d be okay for a little while with just veggies and dip, over an hour I think is too long. You have to remember, you hope to get announced at 1:15 but that means by the time you get annonced (just assuming everything is on time) you probably won’t be eating until at least 1:30 at the earliest – maybe a little longer. That has your guests waiting 1.5 hrs minimum before a meal.
Post # 11
A signature mocktail would definitely add some interest for your guests. Also, what about doing sparkling cider for a toast?