Post # 1
we want to do soething different and do not like the idea of a formal sit down dinner, but i was wondering if we did a lot of it our selves ie: make sandwiches and cheese and cracker plates that it would be any cheaper. we are not doing the bouquet toss or garter toss so i’mnot to worried about the guests mingling outside and we are having about 80-90 people including children. we are starting the wedding at about 5:30 or 6 and it will be out of town so we wanted to start early so we could end early. so what are your opinions do you think we could save some $$ and what are some good finger foods to serve?
Post # 3
I would probably pick some hot Hors d’oeuvres like chicken fingers, mini quiches. If you want to continue doing it yourself, Sams Club sells a lot of great frozen items. The sandwiches and crackers are great, but if you’re having the reception at dinner time, you’ll need to serve something hot.
Post # 4
If I attended a wedding that started at that time, I would expect that the reception would include dinner, because it would be around dinner time by the time the reception started. But I understand the desire to save. I would recommend heavy apps that could be a meal in themselves and expect that you would have to have more than normal suggested per person because folks will be hungry.
Post # 5
You may be surprised how many caterers will work with that type of request. That’s exactly what we are doing although or time will either be after 6 or after 2. The caterers that I have been in touch with are very reasonable in price and have awesome menu selections to choose from. I’m working with one right now that asked my person number and budget then said she would work with it.
Post # 6
530 isnt early, You could do what you want, but start it at 1.
I did an “hor deurves” wedding, but it had full stations and passed apps. More food than a traditional sit down or buffet.
If you want to keep your time and keep your DIY, then I would add a “station” with chafing dishes (to keep it warm) of some basic pasta and sauce, rolls and salad.