(Closed) Is this enough? (Apps question)

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
708 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I think you definitely think you need to say something on the invite. Cake and punch sounds good. Because of the time, people are going to expect to eat unless you say otherwise.

Post # 5
1498 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I agree that the invite needs to indicate you will not be serving dinner.

‘cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to follow’…. ‘cake and punch’ sounds like something for an afternoon wedding.  Are you having cocktails?

How long is your reception?  Do you also have dessert?

If your reception is only a couple hours and you have dessert, I think that would be enuogh food.  If it’s longer and you don’t have dessert, then I don’t think it would be enough food.  My concern is that your logic says 8 apps per person, but I don’t really consider veggie and cheese plates as apps.  I could easily eat a few carrots, a couple tomatos, some cucumbers, a couple pieces of cheese and not think twice about continuing to eat heartier appitizers and returning to pick at veggies/cheese.

Can you DIY some of the food, or are you restricted with your venue?  I would say you could make the cheese and veggie trays pretty inexpensively. And then add another app that is heartier.

Post # 7
705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We’re in the same boat as you, although we will be having slightly more food.  Our invites said “Snacks, dancing and merriment to follow.”  I feel like most people (men in particular) would grab more than 2 meatballs and I don’t think I’ve ever gotten as little as 4 veggies.  I’m afraid the people in the front of the line will get as much as they want, thinking more food is in the back, and the people in the back of the line won’t get anything. 

Could you scrap the apps all together and just do cake and punch? 


Post # 9
5889 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

from 7:30-11, I think you would need more food than that. 

Post # 10
2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

IMO, you need a little bit more food. Even if people eat dinner beforehand (assuming there will be no food at the reception besides cake and punch), it’s easy to eat veggies and dip and a couple of meatballs without thinking about it.

I could easily eat 2 meatballs, 2 cheese/crackers and 4 carrot sticks (or other veggie) after eating a meal (but maybe I am a pig lol) – and I would guess that many guests, once they get there and see meatballs, etc., might take more than 2 meatballs as a serving size.

But, not knowing what else the caterer offers, and knowing you said you want to keep costs down, I don’t really have a solution. I think you should keep “cake and punch”, since there won’t be cocktails, and if I saw “hors d’oeuvres” on an invite, I, myself, would think more food would be served. I don’t know if my assumptions/opinion are the norm or not though!

Have you thought of just doing desserts instead? You said they were expensive, but would they be more expensive than the food you have listed? Then you could say a “desserts and punch reception”?

Post # 11
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I thnk you need to add more food. The timing of it (smack in the middle of dinner time) really means that you need more than 2 meatballs, a couple of pices of veggies, and 2 crackers with cheese per person. I really, really don’t think that is enough. i think you should double the veggies and crackers/cheese, and add in the sandwiches. Is an extra $200-300 realllllly that big of a deal? It seems like it would add a lot of enjoyment for your guests, and that’s the whole point of the reception. If it is that big of a deal, start your wedding later. Don’t have it at dinner time!

Post # 14
293 posts
Helper bee

I think maybe your timeline should be adjusted further.  7-11 is an awfully long time if no dinner is being served,  Will there be dancing? 

Also, I am a vegetarian, and I don’t really consider veggies and cheese “apps”.  It may be cheaper if you forgo the meatballs and do some other vegetarian option (caprese kaboba, mini grilled cheese sandwiches, spanikopita) that meat eaters and veggies would both enjoy.

I know my SO can eat 6 or 7 cocktail meatballs without even thinking about it.  And he’s a thin guy.  He likes to eat.  ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Regardless, I wouldn’t mention snacks or apps on the invite if this is all you are doing.  This way, people will eat before they come.  But I wonder if there is a better phrasing than “cake and punch” , I agree that sounds like an afternoon wedding. 


Post # 16
5889 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

I don’t know about others, but I don’t get out of work until at least 6, so with a ceremony starting at 7:30, I really don’t think that’s a lot of time to get ready for a wedding and get dinner.  I think you should definitely add in some sandwiches!

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