(Closed) Heavy appetizers for reception….And other help needed

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
226 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@SagLdy:  Here are a few suggestions from an almost married bee…

1. Find a locally owned liqour store. We are using one that gives us points for every purchase. Meet the owners, chat, chill, have a conversation. They will get you the best deal… if they are nice.

2. Heavy apps… be really clear with your guests that dinner will not be served. DON’T schedule the wedding over dinner time!! we just went to my cousins wedding. Had to get there at 2 for pics… ceremony then reception went over dinner time and all they had was some sushi and fish on a stick. They were trying to save money too but we were starving and it made for a crummy evening. So be clear with your guests that dinner is not served, do an afternoon… like 2pm but don’t make the whole thing last longer than 4 hours…

3. individual champagne will cost you more. Buy the champagne (or procecceo) you like and get champagne stoppers, like these – http://shop.schramsberg.com/Catalog/PRT_2CS_Big_20091023_133349.jpg or these http://www.webstaurantstore.com/champagne-stopper/champagne-stopper.jpg – they should clamp around the lip of the bottle.

4. Signature drink… go to your favorite bar, with a bartender who is good at mixology. Even bring your own strawberries if they don’t usually use them. Ask him to play around with a drink. Offhand, I think a strawberry moijito – muddle the strawberries with the mint – or something with cointreau, vodka, and bubbly water would work. 🙂

Post # 4
2 posts
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’m also getting married in DC, and we’ve been told several times to check out Ace Beverage or Schneider’s (on Capitol Hill), as both will take back and refund you for the liquor that you don’t use. We also like Sherry’s in Woodley Park, as the staff there is very friendly.

With respect to what kind of liquor to buy, I would go with vodka.  You could also ask the folks at the liquor stores if they have suggestions for a strawberry-based vodka drink, and they may have some good ideas. 

As for heavy apps, I second the idea that you should be clear with your guests about what to expect.  We are having an all-passed appetizer format for our reception, but will be having more than enough food that the guests will be full (the guests actually will end up with more food by weight than at your typical buffet or plated meal, since we can spend more money on the food, and less on things like plates and flatware).  We are planning to let them know that we are having a tapas-style reception at several different points (on our website, reply card, etc.) so there are no surprises.

If you are looking for ideas about what to serve, I would consider Costco’s options.  We are planning to have a dessert bar instead of a traditional cake, and I noticed that they have lovely desserts (including large chocolate Capitols!), so I’m sure that they have a lot of options for appetizers, too.  If you’re catering it yourself, I’d focus on foods that can be served at room temperature or on ice, rather than items that need to be served warm.

Good luck!

Post # 7
226 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@SagLdy:  Good luck!

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