Post # 1
So, my mother has been awful when it comes to wedding planning and i am avoiding asking her questions/opinions at all cost! But i would love to know about your receptions!!!!!
What time was your ceremony and then what time was your reception?
What type of foods did you do? (sit down, buffet, finger foods, etc)
Thanks Bees 🙂
Post # 3
Reception:6 pm with a sit down dinner and 2 passed hors deovres (sp?) The meal will be either baked cod or stuffed chicken, risotto, seasonal vegetable. And of course there will be cake! Amaretto cake with raspberry filling 🙂
Post # 4
Reception immediately following
Cocktail hour with passed appetizers
Food stations for dinner
A dessert station and wedding cake
We’re doing everything at one location with no break in between. If that’s an option, I think it’s best for guests.
Post # 5
Ceremony and reception at the same site
Ceremony starting around 5pm (will be short- 20-30 minutes max)
Cocktail hour immediately following in another part of the facility (non-passed apps, and limited open bar or full open bar – tbd)
Then a plated 3-course dinner (guests will choose from 3 entrees), bar available, (undecided yet whether there will be a champagne toast), followed by wedding cake
We wanted to serve dinner at a reasonable hour – it’s a pet peeve of ours when the main course doesn’t come out until like 10pm.
Post # 6
Our ceremony was at 4PM in a meadow by a lake. We shuttled guests up and back (which was about 20-30 minutes). Cocktail hour was from 5:00-6:30 (wine, beer, 2 signature drinks plus appetizers, passed and stationed). Dinner was plated (halibut stuffed with crab, ny strip steak, or a vegetarian option which was a polenta cake). We had a wedding cake and pies for dessert plus a smores bar set up by the outdoor fire pit on the patio.
I really liked doing a plated dinner, starting with the salad course, etc… It gave everyone a chance to sit down, eat, relax, etc… I’ve been to a ton of weddings with buffets and definitely prefer the plated dinner option.
Post # 7
My ceremony will be at 2 p.m.
Reception immediately following the ceremony
Chips and salsa as appetizer
Buffet style dinner
We’re not that clear on the menu but I think we are having two main dishes probably Carnitas and Chicken breast with rice and beans and of course salad!
What about you Mrs. Menard to Be ?
Post # 8
We are also doing ceremony and reception in same place, but the order a little mixed up since we have lot of family members that tend to arrive “fashionably late”. So:
7:30 cocktail hour
8:30 ceremony (hopefully all will have arrived by then) 🙂
dancing all night
The wedding is in June so the ceremony time is coordinated with sunset more or less.
Post # 9
@thefuturemrsgibbs – I HAVE NO IDEA!! haha i really wanted to have the ceremony earlier around noon and then the reception around 2. I thought it would be great to have a simple sit down meal, nothing too fancy. But i guess since it would be lunch time, im supposed to just do hors dourves (sp?) and light finger foods. I don’t think any one would complain about free food but i would love to hear everyone’s experiences and opinions.
Post # 10
Ceremony 6 or 6:30
Cocktail hour after ceremony
Reception after cocktail hour
We are planning to do a buffet with southern foods and lots of seafood! We are going to have mini crab cakes (Im from Maryland) and sushi (its our favorite!)
Post # 11
Ceremony at 3:15, cocktail hour at 4pm cheese plate, appetizers, beer and wine, then reception at 5pm . Seated dinner, Filet Mignon and Salmon, twice baked potatoes, veggies, chocolate fountain, cake cutting, dancing!
Post # 12
2 ceremony (Catholic)
3:30 cocktail hour starts (~15 mins away from church)
3 passed hor d’oeuvres
beer, wine, iced tea, soda, ice water available at the bar
–> We might do our first dance immediately after arriving at the reception venue
5:15 guests seated, dinner served
buffet – spinach salad, cucumber tomato salad, marinated skirt steak, lemon caper chicken, roasted red potatoes, rice pilaf, grilled veggies, focaccia bread
Post # 13
If you’re having your wedding ceremony at 12 p.m. you can have maybe a lunch not just hors d’oeuvres. Like a cold cut try with ham, salami, chease etc they can build their own sandwich station… Or Idk just have a long coctail hour and then serve dinner early like 5:30 p.m.
Your wedding is in 5 months so I hope you decide soon. I already sent my Save-The-Date Cards out and I just bought my DIY invites.
Congrats! also Good luck.
Post # 14
well we’re not having stds and my invites tak 3-5 days once i order them. no big deal. im not sending my invites until late april-early may, so i actually have time to decide. if we do the dinner, we wont be having it catered. we’re doing a lot of things ourselves, and this will be one of them;