Post # 1
Need some advice, or rather words of encouragement. We will be having a cocktail hour with small hors d’oeuvre: chips and salsa, mini eggrolls and margharitas. To start, the budget is extremely tight. I am wondering if it would be so bad if I were to NOT have cocktail tables out in the garden area where cocktail hour is being held. I know it would be lovely, however the added cost of the rental for each table plus linens adds about $150 that would be putting me over budget. Does anyone have any input? Perhaps past experiences good or bad of a cocktail hour similar to this?
Post # 3
I would have a hard time holding onto my purse, a cocktail, and chips & salsa without a table.
Post # 4
I went to a wedding with no tables during cocktail hour. Many glasses were spilled and broken when people placed their glasses on the ground so they could eat. It’s hard to juggle food, drink and a purse while standing in heels. lol What about a few tall tables? That way people have somewhere to place their food and drink? If not, no biggie people will deal.
Post # 5
Would you be able to get something else besides tables? Just a place people could put drinks down for a quick second to pick up food to eat.
Post # 6
I was in the same boat as you…then I figured it out. I have a few white and birch LACK tables from IKEA laying around and bought some more (and got some for free too!) on craigslist and I’m decoupaging them to match my theme & colors (white, yellow and grey). This may not work with your venue, but we’re getting married at a friends ranch and while the ceremony is super nice and frilly, the cocktail hour and reception are pretty casual and total party feel. Maybe the LACK tables won’t work for you, but I’m sure you can do something similar…think outside the box 🙂
Post # 7
I would say yes..if I haven’t learnt anything from Four Weddings, I have learnt that guests want somewhere to rest their plates and drinks. If not, it all becomes a balancing act. However, persons who love you should surely be able to cope if there are no tables.