(Closed) Finger foods and sandwiches at a casual reception????

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
81 posts
Worker bee

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
2044 posts
Buzzing bee

You could heavy apps. I’ve seen prices on that low,  like 12pp, and it’s fancier 

Post # 4
757 posts
Busy bee

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
29 posts
  • Wedding: June 2016

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
9402 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

so long as its enough food for a meal, I think you’re fine. 🙂

Post # 7
1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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
3680 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would move your reception to earlier in the day. 

Post # 9
3327 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

this sounds like a perfect lunch reception.

Post # 10
7286 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
770 posts
Busy bee

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bd28 :  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
1932 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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
899 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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
1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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.

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