Reception Food

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
Member
102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I attended an evening wedding where the reception had an open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvrs.  Because the wedding was after dinner hours, I anticipated the reception being a cocktail party only and I enjoyed it immensely.  I loved the variety of items offered and found it very filling. 

Post # 4
Hostess
22135 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

I didn’t do it, but I’m sure some brides on here have! Hoping they can weigh in to help.

A few Qs. When is your reception (time of day)? How formal is it? Things like that will help determine how well this works. 🙂

Post # 5
Member
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@ssbridenc2014:  I’m thinking of doing this, our ceremony will be at 6:30 and reception will start after 7pm. We are having a New Years Eve Formal wedding so the horderves will give the guests a chance to mingle more and enjoy the party 🙂

Post # 6
Member
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I always see that h’orderves receptions mentioned in wedding books/blogs but I’ve never been to one.  I have been to receptions like that for Xmas parties and alumni events and I’ve always thought it was fun! 

I thought about it for our reception, mainly to cut down on costs but after I added things up, it wasn’t much cheaper than dinner!

Post # 7
Hostess
22135 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

@snd485:  That’s a great point! It’s not always the cost-saver you’d expect it to be!

Post # 8
Member
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

As long as it isn’t over a meal time it is ok.  I had actually thought about doing this, but the prices would have ended up being even MORE if I did passed apps instead of a plated meal!

Post # 9
Member
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@ssbridenc2014:  I think it’s a great idea but I’ve been to one.  The only advice I can give you is to make sure to mention it on the invitation so people aren’t expecting dinner, especially if your ceremony and reception will occur during a normal dinner hour.

Post # 10
Member
8593 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yes, I’ve been to one that had a heavy app buffet.  I loved it.  There was plenty of food and a lot of heavier options.  I love to try things so I really enjoyed it.  Just make sure you have heavier options.  For example, they had things like chicken satay or mini lamb chops.  You definitely need more than just cheese, bread, and dips.

I love appetizers so that’s why I loved it.  I ate PLENTY and I was completely full.  There wasn’t a shortage of food.  But it’s definitely not any cheaper than doing a full meal.

Post # 11
Member
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Gemstone:  Yeah, I read that you should plan for about 15 pieces per person.  It really adds up.  We ended up booking a lunch reception.  It was the cheaper option.

Post # 12
Member
6273 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@ssbridenc2014:  i went to a wedding that was heavy hor-dourves.  there was plenty of food.  they had a few passed and a table set up.  then dessert came later.

there were only 50 people at the wedding, 75 expected (15 just didn’t show up).

it was one of my favorite weddings to attend. 

the location and set up wouldn’t have worked for my wedding but it was lovely for them.

it was essentially three spaces that opened up to each other.  an outside courtyard, an inside room (with tables and chairs, the bar, and the small band), and the room with a table set up with the food.

it allowed for a lot of mingling and moving around.

 

Post # 13
Member
2740 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Apps are always the best food at events, so I would love this.  You don’t have to avoid mealtimes if you have enough heavy hors d’oeuvres to take the place of a meal.  I’d rather make a meal out of a bunch of little nibbles like sliders, lamp pops, chicken satay, spanakotipa, crab cakes, etc. (not cheese cubes, veggie sticks, and finger sandwiches… those are not “heavy”) than be served the standard stuffed chicken breast/rice pilaf/steamed veggies for dinner.

It’s going to cost more than a plated meal or a buffet, though, if you want enough quantity and variety to work as a meal.

Post # 14
Member
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I was in the bridal party for one.  I was not happy because we were with the bride from early in the day until this in the evening – and we never were provided real food or even had the time for it.  So I got the reception thinking “Oh thank goodness, finally I can eat something”, and the food was all too light and gone too quickly.  I was not happy.  I feel like if I was prepared for it, as a guest, it would be fine, and certainly make sure people who are with you all day are fed!

Leave a comment


Sent weekly. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Find Amazing Vendors