(Closed) Might be making my guests go to bed hungry – what do you think?

posted 7 years ago in Food
  • poll: dining schedule for a daytime wedding?
    As a guest, I wouldn't be happy being served a meal at 2 or 3 : (14 votes)
    18 %
    As a guest, I would be OK with a meal at 2 or 3 : (33 votes)
    42 %
    skip the appetizer hour, go right to the meal at 2 : (16 votes)
    21 %
    serve apps at 2, serve the meal at 3 : (15 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 3
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    1227 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I would do appetizers only, actually. Lots of options, hot and cold. I think that would work best with the timeframe you’re thinking, especially if you envision your reception ending earlier than 8pm.

    Post # 4
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    1501 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Maybe do an appy hour then serve dinner at about 4ish. This way it is closer to dinner time, people won’t be starving as they’ve had a snack.

    To fill the time between appies and dinner you could do something like speaches, first dance etc.

    Post # 5
    Hostess
    18637 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I think a small meal at 2 or 3 would be fine.  You don’t need appetizers before it.

    I also think that since it’s a small wedding people might start leaving around 4 or 5 anyway.

    Post # 6
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    1629 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @Mrs.RDV: 

    I like this idea!  It seems like you would have to do either a late lunch, an early dinner, or only apps at like 3.

    Post # 7
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    5984 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    as long as they know ahead of time what time they will be eating it will be fine. 

    Post # 8
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    4371 posts
    Honey bee

    I think a meal at 2 is fine. Since they’ll probably be at the church by 1145 for your noon wedding, traveling and getting ready right before that, they probably will have only eaten breakfast and will be happy to eat a meal at 2.

    Post # 10
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    2442 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I’d skip the appetizers and go straight to the “late lunch”.  Just like pp stated, guests likely will not have eaten since breakfast and will be more than ready for lunch.  As long as your guests know you are serving a late lunch they will know they are on their own for dinner.  If you serve a full or heavy meal guests may not even want dinner. But, no one would expect you to serve two meals.  

    Post # 12
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    193 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    First of all, I’ve gotta give you props for not doing the gap.  Your guests will thank you.  Besides, a late lunch sounds awesome.  I know if I ate lunch at 2, I’d be ready for dinner around 7 or 8, so I’m sure everyone will be fine.

    Post # 13
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    284 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    As a guest I would be happiest with just appetizers.  I would eat lunch before I arrived, and would probably plan on going out to dinner following the reception.  I personally and not hungry enough for a full meal at 2 or 3.Save yourself the money, and skip the meal- just offer more appetizer options.

    Post # 14
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    1553 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I think your schedule will work well as a late lunch.  

    If your wedding starts at noon, guests will probably be at the by 11:30.  That means at the latest they could probably have eaten would be at 10 or 10:30.  So none of your guests will have had lunch before the wedding, which makes a late lunch perfect for them.

    Post # 15
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    4755 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    As your guest I wouldn’t care but I just want to eat until full. And I’ll probably be really hungry as soon as the reception begins.

    My vote is only appys at “stations” and enough appy’s to fill people up. I wouldn’t need a formal sit down lunch/ dinner I would just want to be fed until full.

    My guess is guests will also be very hungry so long as their is food at the start of reception and weather or not a real meal comes at whatever time many guests probably wouldn’t care too much.

    Note: if you do appy hour then dinner later you’ll be there much longer than you anticipate and possibly longer than you initially wanted.

    Post # 16
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    383 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I would go late lunch.

    Would either family be willing to host an afterparty with heavy apps? That’s what my family would do (probably at the hotel in a conference room).

    Or for the out of towners, maybe include carry out options for their hotel room in a “welcome packet”. A cousin did this for us and it was awesome for finding a place for lunch before the ceremony too.

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