(Closed) cocktail hour

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@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
3000 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
1506 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
2947 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

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
1843 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
7312 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • 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
2849 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I agree that crackers and cheese would be a good option. They are cheap and easy to serve. 

Post # 10
7174 posts
Busy Beekeeper

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
23620 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

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!

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