(Closed) Full meal reception or a fun food bar instead?

posted 6 years ago in Food
  • poll: Full Meal, Snack or Dessert Bar

    Full Meal

    Snack Bar

    Dessert Bar

  • Post # 2
    6331 posts
    Bee Keeper

    If your wedding starts at 7, people might not get a chance to eat dinner on their own beforehand since they will be getting ready and travelling to your wedding. A full meal would be traditional, but I can see where budget might limit your food options. If you do end up doing a snack bar or just desserts, just make sure your guests know the food game plan so that they can plan accordingly. 

    Post # 3
    3715 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I agree with PP about keeping guests informed about the kind of reception to expect regardless of which decision you make. Even though your ceremony and reception are later, people will likely be travelling to your wedding during their normal meal time, so keep that in mind. 

    Post # 4
    1413 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    Can you bump your ceremony to 7:30?  I feel like even that 30-minute difference in time is a big signal to guests that they should eat beforehand.

    I voted snack bar because I feel like people will expect real food “because it’s a wedding” even if they ate already.  A combo of a few “real food” things + popcorn or dessert would be a nice balance.

    Edit: To clarify, the “there’s no meal?! but it’s a wedding!” attitude is super lame, and I don’t agree at all. but I’ve seen it happen from people who don’t get what things cost (or the fact that the wedding is at a non-meal time).

    • This reply was modified 6 years, 5 months ago by KitSnicket.
    Post # 5
    1075 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I don’t think I would expect a full meal after a 7pm ceremony.  I chose snack bar but I agree with PPs to let people know so they can plan a meal earlier if they need to.

    Post # 6
    1338 posts
    Bumble bee

    I would say a heavier snack bar would be fine. Chili bar? Sandwiches? Meatballs? 

    Post # 7
    1157 posts
    Bumble bee

    Can you do a snack and dessert bar? Even if the guests haven’t eaten dinner, then at least they get some savory and sweetness going on there. The tastebuds will approve.

    Post # 8
    2865 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    I’d do a heavy snack bar. Maybe a baked potato or nacho bar with a dessert bar?

    Post # 9
    721 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2015 - The Victorian

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    MrsForshee2015:  are you serving alcohol? If so, I think you need substantial snacks. Sliders, Nacho bar, mini grilled cheeses, etc and a dessert. 

    Post # 10
    3080 posts
    Sugar bee

    I’m in the “let them know” side. Then I could have a yogurt or a bowl of soup, before I left for your wedding.

    Post # 11
    298 posts
    Helper bee

    I would ether serve a meal or push the time back to around 8 and have a shorter gap in between if you can. A lot of people eat at 6 or later, they need time to eat a meal, get ready, drive there, and usually people try to get there around a half hr early. That’s a lot to ask for in an hr, maybe an hr and a half. 

    Post # 13
    327 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I had a 7:30 wedding and we ate at 8:30.  It was late and I had a lot of anxiety about it but everyone was happy and loved the full meal. I hd a timeline on my wedding website so people knew when to expect dinner. Not one person complained about the time and my friends and family are vocal so they would tell me.  Dont forget also that people have to get ready for your wedding and arrive etc so a lot of people dont get a good dinner that evening so they may appreciate the full meal.  Either way you do it people just LOVE FOOD!  

    Post # 14
    1113 posts
    Bumble bee

    Whatever you do is completely up to you, just make sure you make note of it on the invites.  

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