(Closed) More Cocktail Reception Issues

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@beki: your plan is exactly like ours! we are doing a destination wedding cause of family locale  but ultimately its just an excuse to go south and party! we are doing an evening wedding ceremony outside on the lawn and then the venue has a huge wrap-around porch for the bar and a great indoor space for reception and dancing! i have my timeline like this currently: 5:30pm seating, ceremony 6:00pm, cocktails and passed apps. starting at 6:30pm and going unti 9:30pm. we picked lots of fun, southern, low country apps. and there is always the cake too! we had to cut our budget cause we just moved to chicago for his job and right before the wedding! with me not having a job right away, it just made the situation worse! but in the end, after talking with many of the to-be guests they thought that it was a great idea! they want to be able to enjoy all of the venue- i.e. outdoors and indoors-and not be stuck in a chair! 

Post # 5
385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@beki: will you be serving enough hors d’eouvres that it would be enough to replace dinner? then I think it will be fine. personally, I love the hors d’eouvres way more at weddings than the actual dinner, so I would definitely wouldn’t mind eating hors d’eouvres as my dinner ๐Ÿ™‚

but I think it also depends on what kind of hors d’oeuvres you are serving. if it’s replacing dinner, you probably want it to be more substantial than bruschetta (as an example). you could try things more like food stations and have like a mac ‘n cheese bar or a sliders bar!

Post # 6
1126 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@thesejoys: Completely agree.  Hors d’oeurves can be a perfectly fine substitute for a meal, IF there’s enough food for everyone to eat.  Most people won’t eat before the wedding, and especially if they’re standing and dancing, they will get hungry.  I think as long as you have enough substantial snacks, your plan is great.  I actually like apps more, because you get to try so many different foods!

Post # 7
374 posts
Helper bee

Do a buffet and serve a variety of food.  If the caterer will k eep the buffet open for two hours people can come and go as they wish.

I would have more seating however and people really prefer to have a place to park for the evening.  When you;re not told where to sit, and you can’t find a space for two, and all that’s available is a seat for one someplace it is awkward.  Re think seating.

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