(Closed) Doing a very small reception?

posted 12 years ago in Food
Post # 3
851 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

how about a cocktail reception, wine cheese and hor d’oeuvres

Post # 4
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yeah, I agree. Hor d’oeuvres is definately a great money saving option! You could probably feed everyone for half of what you would pay for a meal – maybe even less 🙂

Post # 5
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2021

yes, sometimes appetizers can get costly, depending on how many you get.  for example, if you wanted an all-hors d’oeuvres reception during a time in the day when people would usually be eating a meal (lunch or dinner), then they will probably expect to eat about 10-12 appetizers each. that really adds up! i’ve looked into this and while it may not be as expensive as a seated meal, it doesn’t save the kind of money i was hoping for.

however, if you host the reception at an off hour, like 3 or 4, people will have eaten lunch already and will not be expecting as much food as a 1pm or 7pm reception.

Post # 6
425 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

You could always do a potluck reception too. That’s what I’m doing and I’ve gotten really good feedback from the guests, they’re excited to do it and excited that they can make their specialties.

Post # 8
27 posts
  • Wedding: July 2009

I’m also having a small reception..well small to me, about 80 people.  We are having it after the main lunchtime, recption starts at 2, so we are just doing appetizers: veggies, dips, meatballs, pinwheel sandwiches.  I figure I can do all the food for less than $400.

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