Post # 1
Would it be bizarre to have nothing to eat during cocktail hour?
We didn’t set it up in our original talk with the caterers and now it’s so close.
I don’t want people to be wondering around looking for food, when they’ll have to wait about 45 minutes for dinner…
Post # 3
@BethWil: As a guest I would expect at least some sort of little nibble for cocktail hour, even if it was just some crudites or a crackers and cheese plate.
Also, knowing my guests and friends, they like to drink so providing food was important to ensure people were ok all night.
Post # 4
Yeah I would see if you could do something really simple like cheese, fruit, and crackers. You don’t want people drinking a lot (since there’s nothing to eat) on an empty stomach and starting off your reception drunk… haha
Post # 5
Personally, I would find that strange if I were a guest at your wedding. You don’t have to serve much, but I would expect at least crackers and cheese, especially if you’re serving cocktails during that time.
Post # 6
As PP said, at the very least consider crudités. 45 minutes…that’s a lot of alcohol to consume on an empty stomach!
Post # 7
I think this is somewhat regional. Most weddings I’ve attended have not had food/appetizers during cocktail hour AS LONG AS cocktail hour isn’t very long. If there is a long gap in time before dinner is served, then crackers/cheese are the norm here. Our reception started immediately after our wedding, with about 20 mins. gap for some photos and we did not serve any cocktail food. Guests were able to get drinks right away but no additional food was served until dinner.
Post # 8
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Do you really want people drinking alcohol on an empty stomach? People will get drunk much more quickly, which can lead to illness and/or behavior problems. It just doesn’t seem like a good idea to me.
Post # 9
I agree that crackers and cheese would be a good option. They are cheap and easy to serve.
Post # 10
it’s not bizarre, but would be nice. It doesn’t have to be anything heavy, but snacks pre-dinner with cocktails are always a good thing.
Post # 11
Yes, it would be strange not to have things to munch on. Definitely, in the least a fruit and cheese plate or something to that extent!