(Closed) Cocktail Reception Question – Help appreciated!

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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@geekgoddess:  If we were having more people and didn’t choose a restaurant for our reception, we’d definitely have gone the BBQ route as it was so cost effective compared to anything else. I was thinking more you could have your ceremony and have BBQ in the same way you were planning to do the apps, available for people to eat while mingling and talking. It might not work though since it can be a bit messy Tongue Out Just wanted to give you another option if you were having trouble figuring out how to make the appetizer situation work.

If you’ve already spread the word it’s apps only and people know that your reception runs 3-7ish, I wouldn’t worry too much – if I was a guest, I’d do what you figured I would and go grab a bite after or eat at home after. You’re not forcing people to sit around with no food whatsoever, so planning to do a few different apps, some trays, and some cake is totally fine 🙂

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Honestly, as a guest, if I got to the reception around 3:30 and there was clearly not going to be enough food there to count as a whole dinner, I’d probably leave by around 6:30 at the latest. Having said that, I see no reason why you can’t serve enough appetizers by that point for me to feel full and therefore continue celebrating with you all the way till the end. 5:00, while earlier than most receptions go, is a perfectly acceptable time to start dinner in my opinion, whether it be all passed heavy appetizers or a sit down meal, leaving you with plenty of time to clean up either way.

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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@geekgoddess:  Those are great prices! The second one especially with all that included.

I don’t think it’s really an issue to change the menu for a reception where you didn’t ask everyone to RSVP a meal selection, but someone better versed on that front might want to step in. If you do change your mind, you could spread the word through your family and friends if you’re worried about it.

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

If you go this route then I would still put out snacks like veggie trays and cheese.  I’ve seen this done at other weddings as well.  Is 530 to 7 enough time though? I thought you stated they would open to the public at 8?  Could you serve the food a little earlier?

Post # 24
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would still do a few trays of veggies and cheese to be put out at 3:30 so people have something to snack on while drinking and also to offer a vegitarian freindly option as BBQ is meat heavy – unless this is a non-issue.

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