(Closed) Help me with my menu?! long, lots of questions, need opinions :)

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
46336 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@FutureMrsBess:  I think you have the bases mainly covered for the soup, and coffe and hot chocolate bar. Maybe add toasted pumpkin seeds, sliced green onions, crispy fried onions for the soup.

For cocktail hour I would add a veggie and dip tray- maybe add hummous and Bab Ganoush for the vegetarians and those trying to cut calories.

I wouldn’t mind at all just having beer and wine as I am a wine drinker. I would suggest however that you offer red and white wine. Moscato is not the first choice of a lot of people. Find a vendor that will take back unopened bottles.

Post # 7
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2001

I can’t think of anything for the coffee bar but I have to say that I am a huge fan of apple cider and that would be easy to add in for people like me who don’t like coffee or cocoa.

I believe Sam’s club will allow you to return liquor or you could keep what is leftover for hostesses gifts, etc.

Post # 8
9209 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I like hot sauce in my soup.  

For apps, all those little hot things are delicious – stuffed mushrooms, crab cakes, etc. Definitely pricier though, and a pain if you’re doing it yourself (can’t tell from your post). We’re doing DIY cocktail hour food and keeping it simple – veggies, hummus, cheese, crackers, mixed nuts, chips, little dessert things like brownie bites. 

You should definitely have some red wine available, I would think. Obviously I don’t know your crowd, but that’s a lot of people’s drink of choice, especially in the winter. The beers seem pretty stacked toward the light side, but again, I don’t know your crowd. And personally, I don’t miss a full bar at weddings, I usually stick to wine. 

(Now I want a bunch of soup and wine! Stupid wedding diet!)

Post # 10
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Maybe add some crusty bread as a side for the soup. 


Maybe add a meat platter to the cheese and crackers – things like prosciutto would go nicely. 

Post # 12
3688 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I  would definitely add bread to have with the soup and salad would be good too.  I’d consider adding something like chili that will be more filling.

Post # 13
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2001

Because you are DIYing the cocktail hour Sams Club has awesome frozen apps like spinach phyllos and deli spirals.

And yeah cinnamon and marshmallows would be good!

Post # 14
1074 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Honestly, when you said you were doing a soup bar and then almost directly after that mentioned a cold shrimp cocktail, I balked. They sound pretty bad together and maybe I would avoid the cold apps if you’re going to be doing a mainly hot/ warm and fuzzy winter wedding. Maybe stuffed mushrooms (as suggested above) or bruchetta on a warm toastini?

As for the beer and wine, this could totally be your opportunity to take advantage of some of the MAGNIFICENT winter ales and flavors! It’s one of the reasons I love Christmas so much! Seasonal beer!!!

Or what about a hot mulled wine? Something sweet and fruity?

It sounds like your wedding is battling between a warm Christmas gathering and a regular whatever-time-of-year event. Man, if I were you, I would stick as close to warm and cozy as I could get.


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