(Closed) Should I serve food for cocktail hour?

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We are having a cocktail hour and waiters are walking around to serve small, one bite snacks to the guests.  This will help to stop people going somewhere to “pick up a quick bite” before dinner, thus possibly spoiling their dinner.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We are doing the same thing except only an hour for pictures so our guests will be having cocktail hour from 4-5pm. We are having some appetizers there for them, I don’t want them to get hungry and uncomfortable.

Post # 5
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7175 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Yes, absolutely.  Plentiful food and drinks are a must for a 2-hour long cocktail hour.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

Yes, if there are drinks it would be best to have food for people to nibble!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

yep.  We’re having simple things – cheese & crackers and fruit.  Just something to nibble on.  Cocktail hour is from 5:30 to 6:30 and dinner is at 7

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Two hours without food is a long time, especially so if you are serving cocktails.

So YES you need to add on some food. 

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Wow, two hours for formals? I’ve never heard of them taking so long. Are you going to multiple locations? Or is your venue for the reception far away from the ceremony? I think that’s quite the overkill.

Yes, serve food. That’s a really long time to go without food. Plus, booze + empty stomach = bad for most people!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

yes.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yes you definitely need to feed people, especially if the cocktail hour involves actual cocktails. Otherwise you’ll have drunk, starving, and frustrated guests by the time dinner rolls around.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Yes, definitely have food available during cocktail hour.  It doesn’t need to be anything fancy, but a little bit of food will go a long way for people who are drinking for 2 hours before dinner.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Yes! You should give them something if you are going to serve drinks as well!

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We are getting fruit, veggie, cheese & sausage trays from our caterer for our ‘cocktail hour’ time while we are taking pics.  They were a lot cheaper than the appitizers that were offered to us.  

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

YES, food is a necessity for a cocktail hour.  Maybe a cheese & veggie display or fruit, cheese and crackers.  It doesn’t have to be eloborate but something is highly recommended or people will get too buzzed too fast…

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

For 2 hours, I agree with others – you should have food. But, it doesn’t have to be over the top, honestly a cheese/cracker/fruit spread would totally do the trick. 

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