(Closed) Full meal or apps for a New Year’s Eve wedding?

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Miss Fish: Generally I wouldn’t expect a meal at 8pm, but since it’s New Year’s Eve, I might expect to eat some heavier appies/meal.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I dont know about anyone else but DH and I go out to eat around 9 often so it doesnt feel too late for dinner… but thats just me

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I guess I’m just so used to NYE parties with lots of apps and not eating a real meal then anyway a wedding wouldn’t be different to me. Especially that late.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Appies for dinner is the best, especially on special occasions like NYE… Go for it!

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would do heavy apps – maybe extra if you think people might be drinking more because of NYE. Sounds like fun!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

Heavy apps all the way!  If I were invited to an 8pm ceremony, I would definitely not expect to get a full meal.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Wow, now I’m super hungry… I love sausage & peppers & onions, and only get it at family holidays because Fiance hates two of the three (I’ll let you guess which!).

That sounds like a good compromise! Or maybe a baked pasta that won’t be too labor intensive, like ziti.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Normally I like meals at weddings but that’s too late.

I think semi-heavy apps would be perfect! Most NYE parties I’ve been to only have cocktails and appetizers.

Post # 12
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Honey bee

That is late for dinner. I’d serve a huge spread of heavy appetizers. When done correctly, they easily substitute a full meal and your guests actually get 2-3x the amount of food that would be served at a plated dinner. Therefore, if anyone goes home hungry or shows up full, that is their own fault.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Normally I like full meals at weddings, but those appetizers sound super delicious! I’d go ahead and serve those and just make sure you have a good amount of them.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

I have seen at wedding pasta bars as part of the cocktail hour, so I think you could def do pasta and appetizers, but not have the formal sit down- thing. sounds fun!

Post # 15
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Helper bee

This is another grey area, I think, with wedding timing. An 8:30 reception would normally be safe with just heavy hors d’ouevres BUT with it being a holiday, a meal almost seems more necessary for some reason.

Maybe it’s just because I’ve hosted more than one “midnight supper” for NYE.

That said, if you want something more in the middle ground, consider stations. I know you said your family is doing the food, but it might be worth hiring a few waitstaff to man a pasta station or a slider station to fill in the gaps that an appetizer-only reception might leave.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think Heavy Apps would be a great way to go on New Years eve,  maybe you could add a small pasta bar then there would be something for everyone.  I would want more than just apps unless we were told on the invite that food consists of apps.   

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