(Closed) Food-less evening wedding? Advice please!?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 62
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

also, i’d nix the candy you are planning on and get some snacky savory foods in there instead. the cake will be enough sweets.

Post # 63
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My aunt had an evening ceremony, it started at 6, and she told everyone to eat before the wedding because there wasn’t going to be a dinner. She did have a midnight snack of panini’s and pasta salads and vegetables. Her budget was $12,000 and she even had a signature drink and everyone got champagne at the end of the ceremony. As long as you tell people not to expect dinner, they won’t and if they’re hungry, too bad!

Post # 64
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

@MissBabeski: i think that’s a little different though, since she did provide food, albeit later in the night.  OP is suggesting no food at all except candy and cake.

Post # 65
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I might get flamed for this…but…I think you need food besides dessert.  As a guest, I would be annoyed if there were not even heavy appetizers.  I realize you don’t have much of a budget but there has to be SOME way you can make SOMETHING happen, especially with such a flexible venue.  What about a food truck? 

Post # 66
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You dont have to order the food from a “wedding” food caterer, many local caterers will work with you to get great prices on heavy appetizers

Post # 67
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

If your wedding takes place over a standard meal time, you really need to serve a meal (disagree with the idea that warning people there will be no dinner at a dinnertime reception makes it okay).

If you are dead set on an evening wedding, you can get away with Just Desserts if you start no earlier than 8:00 PM.  7:30 might be okay, but that’s pushing it, because people won’t have much time to eat dinner beforehand if they’re busy getting ready and traveling to the wedding site.

Post # 68
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I have a friend who did mini desserts and a coffee bar after her evening wedding. It was way cheaper than feeding people. If you just do cake and drinks, I’d be happy with that as a guest–especially if the reception starts after/around 7.

Post # 69
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I know everyone has said “you need food” a million times, but to add to that…if I went to a wedding starting anywhere from 5-7pm, even if I was told I wouldn’t get fed, I would still be really annoyed and hungry by 8 or 9 pm, and just leave!

Post # 70
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@HappilyEverAfter54: I lucked out, and I’m friends with the general manager at a Macaroni Grill. (The one I used to work at). They are catering for me for $12 a head. Buffet style, so there will be “extra” food just in case, and I know who’s serving personally, so I don’t have to worry about anything going horribly wrong. Look into local restaurants and see what they offer. Is your wedding going to be formal? Maybe you could do something fun like chinese take out, or a fajita bar? Willy’s has a SUPER delicious fajita bar, and it’s really reasonable. 

Post # 73
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Sugar bee

I’m glad that you have found a solution.  Though if that falls through I think that you will have to re-evaluate decorations.  I see that is one of the things that you were planning on spending money on, and I’d be ticked if I went to a beautifully decorated wedding, and was told there was no food.

If there is no food, there is no starting before 8 pm IMO. 

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