(Closed) im worried my guests will be hungry

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
3471 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

What about having snacks on some of the tables? Like frilly bowls full of color coordinated jelly beans or m&m’s? Or if you’ve got high-top tables anywhere small bowls of fancy nuts? 

What are the 3 courses? If it’s light stuff like salads or fish, I’d say some people might want something a bit more, but if it’s more like pastas & meat you’re probably fine.  

Post # 4
9884 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@juliette.eliza:   Having some snacks and finger foods around sounds like a great idea.  And I agree that the meal could include at least one course that “sticks to your ribs” more than say, a salad.

 @newname_99:   Will you venue allow you to bring in snacks or can they provide them? 

I would mention the concern to them and hope they can stay within your budget.  It’s a valid concern. 

Changing to a DJ would probably work if you really want to do that.

Post # 7
243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

What time does the ceromony start? I feel like if I read it started at 5 or so, I would use my wedding knowledge to snack beforehand! And I know my fiance would probably have us stop somewhere. I would not change out the band for the Dj 🙂

Post # 8
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@newname_99:  I would definitely do the cocktail hour and switch from band to DJ.  I remember being at a wedding many years ago that didn’t have enough food and people got so drunk, a few vomited.  Your guests will appreciate being fed more than they will appreciate a band.  A good DJ is perfectly acceptable and can keep people on the dance floor just as well as a live band.

Post # 9
9884 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@newname_99:   Wow, too bad they’re being snooty with you, so sorry to hear that!

I love to eat, too, so looking out for your guests is very nice of you.  I would try speaking with them about it – just be snooty right back to them, lol.  

If you have a DJ as you suggested maybe that will cut the cost enough to have a cocktail hour instead. A DJ will still provide music so if you can get more food that way it’s a win-win.

Post # 11
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

If you really want a live band I wouldn’t chop this for the food, so many people I know go to weddings not expecting the best or biggest dinner anyway!  Maybe you can get a “midnight” snack going an hour or so after the meal to feed those that are still a little hungry?  You could serve snack foods with your cake that aren’t too expensive, if your vendor will allow you to bring in outside food – stuff like crackers and cheese, veggie trays, cookies or a sundae bar.  You could also use the ideas of some other bees and rent a food truck or hot dog cart to be outside the venue near the end of the night so people can grab a snack on the way out or while they are still dancing!  I know these are usually a heck of a lot cheaper than cocktail hours given by caterers.

Good luck!  Keep in mind that fatty and carb-filled foods keep people fuller, so try to throw those in there!

Post # 12
1755 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Instead of a cocktail hour, could you do a snack during the evening?  We’re doing a snack in addition to a cocktail hour, but the cost of the snacks are less than the cocktail hour.

Also, could you maybe do something that would provide a bit of extra food.  A cookie bar for favors, would give your guests the option of eating cookies.  Or perhaps some groom’s cupcakes that people could snack on?

Post # 14
1856 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@newname_99:  I think you definitely could do this later snack (because it sounds yummy!), but to be honest I think a lot of people do leave a wedding and eat after. I’m not offended when I go to a wedding and end up eating later in the evening… But maybe it’s because I like to eat a lot 😉

Post # 15
1686 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think that shouldd be fine for dinner. (I wouldn’t be hungry after that.) And then a later taco buffet.

Post # 16
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

@Cappugcino:  that is exactly what I was going to suggest!

@newname_99:  A lot of times I don’t eat that much at cocktail hour because I want to be able to enjoy dinner, but then I am super hungry later in the night!

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