Post # 1
I’m having a 2:30 PM wedding (30 – 45 minute wedding) and a reception immediately after and I am guessing people will be hanging out till about 10 PM or so at the reception. My problem is what kind of food to serve? 2 entree option meal? heavy Hors d‘oeuvres?? oh and Im estimating about 180 people.
our Hors d‘oeuvre would conist of spinach artichoke dip, fruit and cheese trays, meat and cheese trays, 3 different types of salad sandwhiches, veggie trays, blackberry brie, shrimp cocktail.
if we do the Hors d‘oeuvre route then we are doing a dessert bar with pies and of course the cake! (it also cuts down food cost from $2800 to $1600)
Post # 3
I think that since your reception takes place during dinner time you should have entrees, not just hors d’oeurves. Yes you are saving money but you run the risk of guests being hungry and leaving early.
Post # 4
If you’re planning on people being with you for about 8 hours, a meal is appropriate.
Post # 5
If your guests are going to be there from 2:30pm until 10:00pm I really do think you need to have an entree option for them since the event spans over dinner time.
Post # 6
@Gagnon_party_of_2: I like both appetizers and a meal.
Post # 7
with the Hors d‘oeuvre they can be left to be snacked on all night cuz they come on disposable trays where the entree option is taken away after like 2 hours. I dont know if that would make a difference.
Post # 8
You definitely need a dinner served and I would suggest hor de vours as well.
Post # 10
Your timeline sounds just like ours. Our ceremony is an hour, starting at 2:30 with cocktail hour and dinner/dancing to follow (reception ends at 10:30). I would do a few apps, like the ones you said, and then a dinner since you expect people to stay till around 10pm. Apps and cake would only be appropriate if the event was planned to end prior to dinner time.
Post # 11
I think for the length/timing of your wedding, you should definitely do a traditional dinner. As a guest, I’d be really surprised to not get a ‘meal’ during that time.