(Closed) Skimping on the cocktail hour?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We had punch…..that’s it! i think our venue set out cheese and crackers. Not real exciting but everyone likes cheese, crackers, fruit…keep it simple. They don’t need lots of food.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

i think it would be nice if you can swing some kind of light refreshment for them durig that hour or so that they’re waiting for you to arrive.  we’re doing it but keeping it somewhat simple and affordable: our bar (beer/wine) will be out, and we are having chicken wings, bruschetta, and veggie trays.  just little nibbles!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

You should definitely have something for the guests to snack on.  It doesn’t need to be fancy or expensive.  But people are going to be hungry!

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

We’re keeping it pretty simple… the bar will be open (we’re bringing in our own alcohol so its not a matter of paying for time) and we’re doing cold food: veggies/dip, fruit, cheese/crackers, and shrimp cocktail

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I would definitely put something out, even if it’s just a serve yourself big container of beers and sodas, or punch, or something out of pitchers and some grub. You don’t want people waiting a while, and then drinking on an empty stomach. We had an hour of downtime for our pictures and in that time we had an open bar and 2 or 3 appetizers out on trays. Though when you add up the #s we didn’t really serve THAT much food, it just appeared that way b/c they were walking around with it.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think it will be nice to have something b/c I am sure your guests will be hungry but I wouldn’t go all out. Some punch, bottled water, cheese, crackers, veggies, and fruit should do it. If that’s too expensive…cut out the fruit =) nobody will notice.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I like the idea of fruit, cheese, and crackers if you want to keep things simple.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’m having a mondo cocktail hour!  it’s my favorite time of a wedding! hahah but I definitely think you need to offer at least some finger food and drinks to keep the guests happy.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

We are have southwest egg rolls and boudian balls. We will be serving a blue tropical punch (since our reception will be non-alcoholic). We only choose to things to keep the costs down, and since most people we know are not really cheese and fruit people.

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