(Closed) Apprehensive serving hors d'oeuvres ~ Seeking advice

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
911 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - The Down Town Club, Philadelphia

I think if they are only going to serve apperizers than 4 hours is a fine amount of time. I recently went to a wedding like this, and I thought we would leave hungry, but we were actually stuffed at the end!

$21 a person sounds totally reasonable to me. Will there be a bar? 

Also, since your time frame is (technically) between meals, I think it’s ok not to serve a full dinner.

Post # 4
2018 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Well, I did a similar type of reception (late afternoon wedding) and I thought we had ordered plenty of food. But when my ceremony was over and I caught sight of the food being passed, I freaked out.

The pieces were so TINY. I wish I would have asked at the tasting how big, say the bruschetta was going to be because they were like one-inch squares. Lol

Also, I never saw the cheese and crackers platter after it was brought out.

Nobody was rude enough to complain but it bothers me to this day. Just ask about the actual size of food and err on the side of caution.

But it sounds like the time of day is good-you should be fine as far as that goes. And you seem to have a nice selection:)

Post # 5
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think its fine.  With the time being between lunch and dinner, people will have a chance to eat lunch before arriving and dinner after leaving.  I think the menu sounds yummy and people will have more then enough to eat.  If you wanted to add anything I would ask about maybe a pasta salad or potato salad. You mentioned people coming in from out of town, maybe put together a sheet with a few local attractions and restaurants that they could check out if they are hungry later in the evening. 

For the grooms cake- they are a tradition in the south, but it varies when you serve it.  Some people serve it at the rehearsal dinner, others at the reception. Honestly if you don’t have it at all people wont be offended or think its missing. 

Post # 7
1916 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I got married in New Orleans and these types of weddings are very much the norm in Louisiana.  I can’t speak for the rest of the South.  My wedding ceremony was at 5:30 p.m. and my reception went from 6-9 p.m.   We had passed hors’ doeuvres and several stations of food: prime rib, cajun fried turkey shrimp and grits, veggie/cheese table, gumbo, salad, pasta, roast pig and a sushi bar.  There was more than enough food.  My friends told me that they had never seen so much food at a wedding.  We also had an after party at a balcony on Bourbon with some additional food and a bar. 

We did have both a wedding cake (white chocolate strawberry shortcake) and a groom’s cake (red velvet).

Honestly, I had never been to a wedding with a sit down dinner until I was an adult.  I thought only really wealthy people had them or in movies.  I love both styles of weddings, but prefer the more relaxed style of a reception style wedding.  It also avoided the need for assigned seats and allowed us more time to mingle with all of our guests.  We also cut out the long speeches, which I’ve never been a fan of. 

Post # 8
376 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think that you should ask the caterer in front of the bride what they think. You haven’t done an afternoon wedding before but they probably have and can tell you (and her) what the best answer is.

Post # 9
650 posts
Busy bee

I think that the food should be okay in terms of the available options, however as a previous poster mentioned, i would just get an idea of size, once the portions are big enough then I think it will be just fine 

Post # 10
3688 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think it’s kind of a weird assortment. I’d drop the cucumber and tomato and the asperagus sandwiches and add something else. Unless you have a vegetarian-heavy guest list, I don’t see those being popular. Also, green beans seem a little strange for an hors d’oeurves, reception — not really a finger food.

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