Post # 1
I’m new here on wedding bee but I’ve read many different posts for ideas and help. My future hubby and i are getting married in February 2017. It’s going to be pretty classic as weddings go, but here’s my question . I come from a European family who are use to bigger weddings with alot of food and seated dinners. My fiance and I are having a small wedding and we are bouncing around the idea of a more casual reception with finger foods, soups, sandwiches, all catered but more simple. My fear is this, my family will think this is very strange and two I’m not sure if this is done as a wedding reception especially if the reception is starting at like 6pm. I don’t wanna upset my fiance who I think is really keen on this idea but I also don’t want the reception to seem unwedding like or that we didn’t put any thought into it. So ladies , is a finger food reception doable or am I looking at a wedding fail here?…. Thankyou for any help you can give me
Post # 2
Finger sandwiches are a good idea on a budget, a lot of people do potluck weddings now a days too.
I think that it may seem odd to your family but I feel like they’d understand. It is common to make weddings a lot less “formal” and more like a real celebration.
Weddings are more like Parties now instead of ballroom events (Like with waltzing and similar dancing lol)
We’re in a modern era and i’m sure your friends would find it convienent for them to be able to eat and get up and dance and eat again if they please.
Sit down dinners can also be boring if you got kids hanging around the area, cause they don’t want to sit, they want to go dance and munch on some cookies under the tables, not sit in a chair and be still for an hour or so.
Post # 3
You could heavy apps. I’ve seen prices on that low, like 12pp, and it’s fancier
Post # 4
I think this would be okay if the reception was at say, 3 or 4pm. But 6pm is dinner time, so I think your guests would be expecting a full meal. So I’d recommend moving up the reception or adding heavier food.
Post # 5
I went to a wedding last year that did soup and sandwiches (food that you might find at a Panera or Corner Bakery type place.) they also had fruit trays, cheese platters, and deserts. It was delicious and everyone had plenty to eat. I will say that this was earlier in the day (like 4:00) but as long as you are providing enough food, I don’t think it matters.
Post # 6
so long as its enough food for a meal, I think you’re fine. 🙂
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre
If the reception is at 3or 4pm it’s fine but 6pm is dinner time and your guests might be expecting dinner. If you’re on a tight budget you could do a potluck
Post # 8
I would move your reception to earlier in the day.
Post # 9
this sounds like a perfect lunch reception.
Post # 10
I would say this is more appropriate for a lunch or early afternoon reception. 6pm is dinner time, and your guests are going to be expecting a meal.
Post # 11
I work for a caterer and finger foods can be more expensive than just a simple buffet dinner. That’s what I would recommend. It doesn’t have to be a fancy sit down dinner, but have some of your favorite foods on a buffet 🙂 I’m having mashed potatoes and green beans haha.
Post # 12
I also think 6 PM is just too late for that type of food. You could definitely pull off a lunch or afternoon tea type of theme, bu tnot dinner.
However, I love sandwiches and as long as you ask the caterer to really focus on presentation, they can look quite elegant.
Post # 13
In the U.K a buffet finger food style is very common for the evening of the reception. Most weddings here have a sit down meal after the ceremony (say 2pm) and then a buffet in the evening. As long as there is plenty of food I think it’s fine. But then I am also of the belief that people shouldn’t “expect” anything when going to a wedding where as if you have a lot of traditional guests they might be put out at not having a sit down meal.
Post # 14
- Wedding: May 2016 - St. John\'s Lutheran Church
If I was a guest, I wouldn’t care or think it was weird. I WOULD be hungry, so as long as there was enough food, I wouldn’t give a crap that it wasn’t some fancy oversalted chicken marsala weirdness. Honestly, give me a sandwich any day of the damn week.