Post # 1
what did you do for the “cocktail hour”?
I’m putting everything in “quotes” because these things are, like, still hypothetical entities to me. When I have mentioned to some people that we are thinking of doing heavy hors d’oeuvres they either say “oh, for the cocktail hour?” or “what about the cocktail hour?”
Im not sure what we are doing because we haven’t met with the caterer even, but 1) I thought heavy hors d’oevures were cheaper and 2) I love hors d’oeuvres, think they are the best part of the meal! But I feel like I’m missing out on something here.
Got any guidance for me, bees? Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
We’re doing heavy hors d’oeuvres! And we’re having a pseudo “cocktail hour” but really it’s just time to finish up some family photos. The only different thing between the reception and cocktail hour will be the music – the ceremony musicians will play from 5-6, and then the DJ comes on. Our wedding is in a garden, so we’ll also have maps of the gardens out so people can explore (it’s totally worth exploring) and some lawn games, like bocce ball. The sun doesn’t set until 8:30, so I figure folks will have plenty of time to enjoy the gardens in the light, then come on back to the tent and continue the party. 🙂
Honestly, I think heavy hors d’oeuvres are much more pleasant, b/c it’s more of a mingley sort of party. I’ve always prefered that to a sit down dinner.
Post # 4
I think it depends on the time of your ceremony and what kind of reception you want.
We had a small 40 person wedding, we had our ceremony at 2pm and everyone went to the reception area (same venue) about 3. We served drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres and cake for 2 1/2 hours then guests started leaving.
We wanted a low key reception, we had no dancing, no DJ, no toss, only 2 speeches etc so it’s not like people expected a full meal at 3pm anyway.
If you decide to do them check with your caterer how many per person and what kind they would recommend. We had 8 options and paid a per head price and we had so much left over it wasn’t funny, and everyone commented on how yummy the food was.
If you wanted a more traditional reception but weren’t keen on a sit down meal, could you do mini meals, like noodle boxes, mashed potato bar, things that people can grab and eat while moving about but still feel like they have had a good meal.