Post # 1
My fiance and I fell in love with this venue. Its a little on the pricier end of what we wanted to spend so we will have to make some compromises. It will be a Saturday day wedding. 11-4 pm. I know day weddings can be a little less fun, so I definitely want to do open bar (beer and wine) to encourage a more party atmosphere.
Timeline looks a little like this:
In order to afford to do an open bar, we are considering not having food during the 1/2 hour cocktail. Would this be a unforgivable faux pas? It saves us nearly 2,000 and makes the beer and wine doable without killing ourselves.
I still have a lot of time to coordinate the order of things, so if we do go the route of no food I was considering doing our entrance, quick thank you from us and then immediately doing the first course so guests do get food relatively quickly. Then spreading out the other dances and speeches throughout the rest of the event.
Has anyone done this before? Thoughts?
Post # 3
i think that’s totally ok.
Post # 4
If you serve any alcohol at all, you absolutely must have food. Your bartenders are not allowed, by law, to serve alcohol to anyone on an empty stomach, because people will get sick and drunk immediately if they do, which applies in all states. Get sandwich platters which are very inexpensive to serve during that time.
Post # 5
I think not having food is fine, unless like a PP said it’s against the law.
Post # 6
@Selene221: it’s only for 30 minutes, and they are serving a full meal right after. how can it be against the law to serve alcohol to people without food? if so, every bar would be out of business.
Post # 7
I don’t think it is neccesarily against the law, but honestly I would serve a couple trays of crackers and chesse/ fruit just to be on the safe side.
Post # 8
Your ceremony and reception are in the same place right?
Post # 9
I think 30 minutes without food is okay, especially for a daytime wedding. People generally drink less during the day and your guests should have enough self-control to know their limits anyway.
Post # 10
they’ll be hungry…it’s right around lunch time, and the alcohol will only make them hungrier. think of their comfort and cut elsewhere. I am sure you can find a good in between and serve light appetizers, cheese trays, fruits and veggies. If you do go down that route, make sure there is plenty for all. The only thing tackier than no food is not enough food.
Post # 11
@asscherlover: yep! ceremony in the courtyard and reception in the building behind it
Post # 12
In that case, with the ceremony and reception being in the same location, food is not necessary. As long as lunch is served shortly after the gap, you should be fine. No one will be starved unless they intentionally skipped breakfast. You’d be surprised at how many won’t drink during the daytime as well.
Post # 13
At lunch I don’t forsee people drinking much…but I do see them wanting to eat.
Post # 14
I think people can probably wait 30 minutes to eat :). Maybe you can sit some mixed nuts out in case someone’s dying?
Post # 15
I think it’s totally fine to not serve anything. They are adults they should know their bodies and how alcohol will affect them if they have not eatten breakfast
Post # 16
Certainly not the end of the world to wait half an hour, but I would have out a very basic fruit, veggie, cheese, and cracker platter if you can swing it.
Probably wouldn’t cost more than 50-100 dollars depending on how many guests you have. You could even prepare that yourself if the venue allowed it.
…and there is definitely no “law” against serving alcohol without food in any of the states I’ve ever lived in, or any state that has a bar for that matter.