(Closed) Do we need food during the cocktail reception?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

With that many guests, many probably won’t actually get to the food/start eating before 7:45-8pm, or perhaps even later.

I wouldn’t say its rude to not have food during the cocktail hour, but I would be a little surprised to not see something to nibble on during a cocktail hour of an hour in length. I wouldn’t expect a huge spread, but I would be a little surprised not to see cheese and crackers or some other small thing to nibble on while drinking.

It depends on your budget though – like I said, I wouldn’t think it was “rude”, but I would be surprised not to see any food available.

Post # 4
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I don’t think it’s necessary, but it would be nice especially if people will be drinking during the cocktail hour (no food in stomach= tipsy guests). Could you do something small like a few cheese, vegetable, and fruit platters?

Post # 5
3295 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

we are doing fruit/ veggie trays and spinach and artichoke dip with chips and bread for dipping… it doesnt actually cost us that much more overall, and id be hungry by that time as i normally eat around 5:30

Post # 6
2790 posts
Sugar bee

Yes I think it is rude. Especially since your ceremony will be right during dinner time. That type of break without any food is my number one most lothed thing about a wedding. I would be starving by that point and pretty peeved the bride and groom didn’t find it necessary to atleast offer some snacks.

Post # 7
10287 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I personally think food at the cocktail hour is a must. You don’t have to do anything extravagant (cheese and crackers and some veggie displays would suffice) but your guests should be given the option to nosh on something while they’re waiting for the reception to begin.

Post # 8
566 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

It would be a good idea to have food considering people might be drinking. I don’t think it’s rude but I’d probably be confused and a little bummed if there wasn’t anything to nibble.

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