(Closed) Food Necessary for a 30 minute cocktail hour?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

i think that’s totally ok.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

I think not having food is fine, unless like a PP said it’s against the law.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

@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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Your ceremony and reception are in the same place right?

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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 # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

At lunch I don’t forsee people drinking much…but I do see them wanting to eat. 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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.

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