Post # 1
I am having a 6:30pm wedding, but can’t afford a sit-down meal. Our venue doesn’t allow outside food to be brought in so I am need some affordable ideas! I know it’s dangerously close to dinner hour, but I am set on the time. Any ideas for an affordable option?
Post # 3
Do a cocktail reception with heavy hors d’oevres, and keep it short. Whatever you do, make it clear on the invitations that it isn’t dinner.
Or can you maybe afford a simple buffet?
Good luck! 🙂 Honestly, the expectation is going to be dinner with a 6:30 ceremony. 🙁
Post # 4
I had the same issue and ended up selecting a buffet. A heavy hors d’oevre reception was coming out 30% more expensive and I couln’t not feel my guests dinner at that hour. Could your venue do a spread of gourmet pizzas (like white pizza, chicken BBQ) and maybe pasta for less money?
Post # 5
I think that if you clearly state on your invitations that it is a hors d’oevre reception people will not mind. I actually prefer all hors d’oevre. Who wouldn’t love to snack on all those yummy foods. I have been to a couple of receptions that were this way and not only was I full at the end from all the snacking, but I got to mingle!
Post # 6
If your reception hall has a F&B minimum, see if you can do both tray passed as well as buffet style appetizers to meet with their minimum.