Post # 1
Hey Bees –
I wanted to know your opinion on the below and if anyone found a way to work around it…
So I went to a wedding last night .. cocktail hour from 7-8:30… the food stations were entirely too far seperated on ends of the room and there were LINES! Uh, there is nothing more I hate that lines at food stations!.. I made a mental note to try and avoid this at my wedding if at all possible. Ok so everyone eats up all the yummy cocktail hour food.. you walk into the main room.. and there putting another course down.. then shortly after the salad… and then its 11:30 by the time your finally eatting dinner.. Who can possibly be hungry???? I feel like it such a waste of all the food pre dinner ( not cocktail hour) but all the stuff in between, my dinner looked really good but I wasnt even hungry for it.
I know I have heard more people are doing full on cocktail hours for the entire ceremony. would love to hear first hand how this worked out.. if people liked it..? Did you like your choice?.. Or has anyone come up with a better alternative to the constant food overload!..
(dont get me wrong either, there is nothing I will love more than feeding my guests yummy food all night long, just hate the fact that so much gets wasted on full bellys!
Post # 3
you definitly don’t have to go overkill on cocktail hour. I’ve been to weddings where it was literally fruit, cheeses, crackers and dips. It supposed to be small bites that hold people over until dinner. Passed apps seem to help with this- there is no line and people can’t load a plate with a ton of food at one time. If you are doing an appetizer course with your dinner I would definitly limit the cocktail hour food. I think I would try to do a small selection for cocktails, a regular dinner (salad, entree and cake) and then maybe offering another round of cocktail apps if it was a late night events.
I think a lot of brides get caught up in loving so many things at their venues that they try to make sure the guests taste all of it. Venues love it because more food=more money, even if guests are too full to eat it. Just be selective in what you offer and you should be ok.
Post # 4
I have seen some weddings where the cocktail hour was somuch food and then soon after that, dinner (which was like 3 or 4 courses) and then a full out dessert bar on top of cake. I wonder what they did with all the leftover food.
I am having the opposite problem. My main course is just 1 meat option (I think chicken…fish for fi and my son), rice or mashed potatoes (either /or not both), salad OR veggies. Then a dessert. I might be able to get a soup appetizer but that depends on my choice of caterer.
However, to fix the issue, I figure a cocktail hour with some light snacks will be helpful so my guests arent too hungry by dinner time and that the food will be satisfying. I dont want too much leftovers either.