(Closed) cocktail hour in ‘Four Weddings’

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I am also amazed at how much food there is on those shows. I am in the US and we will be serving three appetizers during the cocktail hour and each appetizer is set for two pieces per guest. Guests will be served a full meal after the cocktail hour, just like yours.

I hope the food is donated to a homeless shelter or somewhere else for these weddings. It just seems a bit much for me.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Were guilty of an excessively large cocktail hour.  We have 10 hot selections, 7-8 cold selections, and then 10 passed selections.  Its just what our venue does… its not even an option to not have that much food especially for most places on Long Island. 

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m also in Canada and can’t believe the cocktail hour, let alone the $40-something grand weddings (no offense to those on here who decided to do so).  I guess if you can afford, to, have at it?  Personally, I can’t imagine spending that kind of money on anything other than a house, and MAYBE a car 😉

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’m glad I’m not the only one who is shocked by how much food there is at the cocktail hour!!  It seems very excessive given the amount of food that is served for dinner.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Every wedding I have been to has had cocktail hours like those.  That is why we decided to do a cocktail reception.  With cocktail hours with so much food and all those station by the time we sat down for dinner we were stuffed and barely touched the meal.  We decided to just do a huge cocktail reception with lots of stations and tons of passed apps and not bother then with the sit down dinner.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

@eseds: I totally feel you about the cocktail hour. My friend got married in LI and I couldn’t believe the amount of food at the cocktail hour. Of course when the food came, we were all stuffed. I however am doing about 4 apps and that’s it. Eat your dinner and have some cake.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am always in shock at HOW MUCH FOOD there is at cocktail hour on that show. It looks like a full fledged dinner buffet!

We are dong 4 passed hours d’eurves, an apple and cheese table, and a “bacon grill” for small things wrapped in bacon. And even that sounds like a LOT to me (even though everything will be bite sized).

I couldn’t get over how many of the brides on that show have pasta action stations with HEAPING dinner sized portions of pasta for the cocktail hour (along with 15 other food stations).

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m glad I’m not the only one who was thinking that. I would’ve been full after the cocktail hour at any one of those receptions. We haven’t set our menu yet but I’m pretty sure we’re not going to have a carving station or a mass amount of food.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I live in TX and I’m also appalled at those cocktail hours. I’ve never even been to a wedding with passed appetizers. I usually just see a cheese and crackers and maybe fruit.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I went to wedding this year and the cocktail hour had so much food that I actually thought there wasnt going to be a follow up dinner. There were carving stations, all kinds of bread sticks, various types of pasta, fruits and cheeses, passed apps, minituare savory pastries.. Honestly by the time I got to the reception I was stuffed lol and they had a lot of passed apps so much that I actually got tired of saying no to the servers. In the end most people wasted the food.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

@McVerde: I’ve noticed that too. I’m in NYC planning a wedding in Houston and they really didn’t understand why I wanted all these apps and I realized that well, they are right. I was trying to import NYC to Houston but truth of the matter is, it’s a waste of food. But most places here have pre-set prices that they wouldn’t budge on. E.g., in LI, there’s a place that is about $50pp and you wouldn’t believe the amount of food that comes with it!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

We did a lot of food at cocktail hour and I’ll tell you why. Our ceremony was at 5:00pm on a Saturday with cocktail hour and reception immediately following. Most guests traveled into town that same day and for sure didnt’ eat a full meal before our ceremony, if they ate at all. And at most weddings the dinner is really spaced out, so you might get the salad right away but have to wait until like 8 or 9 for the entree.

From my experience people are hungriest at cocktail hour because they’ve been getting ready/traveling to be on time for the ceremony. I’ve seen really bad things happen at weddings with not enough food at cocktail hour and I’m always annoyed when it’s only passed appetizers and no stations. Because it’s never enough adn the waiters are bombarded by the same people positioned in the best spots right outside of the kitchen

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Yea this has got to be regional bc in Ohio I’ve never seen anything like that. We’re just having munchies (a table display of veggies and dip, fruit, cheese and crackers, and shrimp cocktail). Cocktail hour is only an hour long and dinner is at 6:30. I think people can deal without having a buffet before the buffet 🙂

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Whew, I am so totally relieved that I’m not the only one who thought this was crazy. I was second-guessing my own cocktail hour. I just can’t imagine how guests sit down and eat dinner after some of these spreads.

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