(Closed) Cocktail Hour or Not?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2588 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

You could hit up your local grocery store and get some trays from the deli–they’re affordable, but not TOO filling.

Post # 4
514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Don’t do stations that are super filling like pasta stations although they are cheap if you are worried about people filling up or any that require a chef serving that cost ore like carving stations but rather just have your basic veggies with dip, cheese/crackers and fruit AND passed trays of fancier options.

Post # 5
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

You have to have a cocktail hour if you’re going to be away taking pictures and the ceremony and reception are at the same venue. An hour and a half is a very long time though — I would definitely make it shorter. The longer people are at the cocktail hour, the more food you have to get and the more likely they’ll fill up. Can’t you take some pictures before or step away from the reception after the meal?

To keep appetizers cheap, I would go with some fruit and vegetable trays. Hand-passed appetizers also keep food costs low because people can’t just help themselves, and it’s less likely they’ll fill up.

Just tell your caterer that you want to keep costs very low for the cocktail hour and see what their suggestions are. Keep in mind that foods that require a lot of prep are always more expensive, so think very simple.

Post # 6
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think its a great idea.  You could have a vegatable/cheese buffett.  The last wedding I went too, they had cheese/cracker/vegatable buffet.  They also had someone walking around with fried ravioli, spinach puffs and something else that I did not try.  I would talk to the caterer and see what an inexpensive appatizer would be.  I personally want a shrimp/cheese/cracker/vegatable appetizers for mine. 

Post # 7
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Just about every cocktail hour that I’ve been to only has a few apps that are passed.  There are definitely not enough to fill up on and I’m usually starving by the time dinner comes around. 

Post # 8
1498 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I agree that you must have a cocktail hour.  Passed is the way to go to keep the eating to a minimum while still satisfying guests.

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