Post # 1
We originally had planned to do a buffet dinner for our guests during the wedding reception. However, cost is preventing us from going forward with that plan.
We are downgrading from full dinner to a variety of heavy appetizers. We also will have an open bar serving beer and wine (no hard alcohol) and have a cheesecake bar (plain cakes with chocolate and caramel sauces, blueberry, strawberry and raspberry glazes) instead of actual wedding cake.
My fiance has apparently been spreading this heavy apps news word of mouth (I had no idea!) but I’d like to give people a heads up in our wedding invites that no full dinner would be served. The invites used to say ‘Reception to Immediately Follow’
Does this sound alright to replace that wording?
Hors d’oeuvres, Dessert, Drinks and Dancing to Follow
Or do you have another suggestion?
Post # 3
Hors d’oeuvres, Dessert, Drinks and Dancing to Follow might be a little too wordy.. Maybe just Hors d’oeuvres Reception to Follow would suffice? But that may lead guests to think light hors d’oeuvres, not heavy… I don’t know…
Post # 4
Hors d’oeuvres Reception to Follow would be a great way to phrase it. Even if they eat dinner beforehand, they probably wont be too full to have some of your delicious appetizers. There is always room for apps 🙂 Or maybe I just like food a little too much…
Post # 5
I see what you are getting at – oddly enough, both of those options have the same amount of syllables. Sorry, I’m an English geek. 😉
I don’t like the idea of saying ‘Heavy’ anything, but I’d consider saying something such as tapas or small plates – but that too feels a little odd since it’s not quite what we are doing.
Post # 6
Honestly, I would call it dinner since that is what it is, just in a different presentation. Some people will read ‘heavy appetizers” or hors d’oeurves and still insist that you will be starving them, even with a massive spread of food, hence eating before they leave so that your food and money goes to waste. A heavy appetizers reception actually does offer twice as much, if not more, food than a regular plated meal but most don’t realize or care.
Post # 7
I think I would say “light” hors d’oeuvres reception to follow, just so that people get the idea that they’re not going to be a three course meal, so they can eat dinner before hand if they need to People tend to misunderstand things, and I just think that makes it more clear, even if they are heavy hors d’oeuvres.
Post # 8
We are also doing heavy hors d’oeuvres – but just saying Reception to Follow on our invites. I agree with Ember78 – the food will be enough to satisfy as a regular dinner. So no need to call it out as anything different.
Post # 9
I don’t think food WILL be enough to satisfy as a dinner. We are doing this to cut costs so I doubt that 5 bucks less in apps is going to give the same amount of food per guest as a pasta dinner.
That is my concern. letting people know in advance that there won’t be a dinner.
Post # 10
We had the same kind of reception and just said ‘reception immediately following’…..what kinds of food are on your menu? We had passed hot and cold apps, a huge seafood buffet, pasta station and meat carving stations with caesar salad,antipasto, breads and dessert buffet plus the wedding cake. We had tons of food,and even tho technically not ‘dinner’, no one went hungry.
Post # 11
we had this kind of reception. we put “cocktail and hors duerves reception to immediately follow”. we wanted people to know there would be no plated meal and have a chance to eat dinner before coming (our ceremony started at 8 pm).
i think your wording sounds fine. as long as you alert people some how not to expect a full meal, then you are good. some people may fill up on 2-4 apps, but others will be iritated if they didnt know to eat before hand
Post # 12
I would say hors d’oeuvres reception to follow. People who are bigger eaters will probably eat something ahead of time, and will be thankful they knew to do so, so they aren’t hungry during the reception. Others will just show up and will probably be filled with the food you are having. But I think saying a dinner reception to follow might be misleading to some who would be expecting a seated meal.
Post # 13
Well, I am having a cocktail buffet, what some would consider very heavy hor d’oeuvres maybe. However, we are having carved meat ,plus two other meats and several other items, so on my invite I just put dinner and dancing and on my website I wrote that it’s a cocktail buffet. I seriously didn’t have enough room on my reception card without making it too wordy. No one will be starving.
Post # 14
You can use the phrase, “Light reception, drinks and dancing to follow”.
Post # 15
Sometimes it’s referred to as a “strolling dinner”, if table seating won’t be available.
Post # 16
“Hors d’oeuvres & drinks to follow.” It is important not be misleading for 2 reasons: 1) Guests need to eat dinner beforehand & 2) If you don’t word the invite correctly, guests WILL expect dinner. -I think the word reception implies dinner.