(Closed) Most important/memorable add-ons during reception

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Personally, I’m not a big fan of champagne so I would cut that out. Also, could you just do hors d’ouerves that aren’t butler passed?

Post # 4
724 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I usually think late night snacks can be skipped. After a full meal and dessert, I’m usually stuffed.

Post # 5
3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

If it would save you money I would cut out the champagne toast and late night snack (if you are already serving cake and/or dessert).

Post # 6
3049 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I would ex the late night snacks. If I’m still hungry, I usually get a group of friends and go downtown or to a restaurant after weddings. The snacks are not a must.

Post # 7
3638 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Snacks aren’t a must but I think that they are cooler than a champagne toast (what’s wrong with toasting with whatever is in your glass?) and butler passed food. I always feel a little awkward and like the butler is watching how many I have. I’d rather approach a table. 

Post # 8
593 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I plan to ask our reception  site explicitely when the champagne is poured.  I cannot tell you how many weddings I have been to where the champagne is warm after sitting on the table for an hour…waste of $$ if you ask me.

However, if it is poured and passed I will probably do it.

Post # 9
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I agree- late night snacks can be skipped.  esp if you have a full meal & apps + cake.  plus if you have a food related favor you’ll be fine.

Post # 10
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I agree with the champagne toast as people can just toast with what they have in their glass.

I’m going to be one of the few people that think late night snacks are AWESOME!  Maybe it’s just me but after a long night of dancing (and drinking) a snack is exactly what I need.  I know sometimes the dessert bar/cake is still out there but I don’t have a sweet tooth.  Is it necessary?  Of course not but I like it.

Post # 11
3364 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I say the late night snack could be skipped, if people want food they’ll stop somewhere on the way home! =)

Post # 12
949 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think you could probably skip any of those if you wanted to, but if you feel they’re important, then of course it’s your call. Personally, I’m not going to have any of those and I don’t think anyone will miss them (non-passed hors d’ouerves, no champagne, buffet dinner, no late night snacks). Does the feel you’re going for call for them? I’d probably skip the snacks if you were just going to cut one–I’m pretty sure that’s not well-known outside of wedding-blog-land, so for sure no one would miss it.

Edit: Ironically, late night snacks are actually my favorite idea out of all of these, I’m just saying that I can’t imagine anyone would notice if you didn’t have them.

Post # 13
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I would skip the champagne toast but offer champagne as a drink option if possible.  People are fine toasting with whatever they are drinking at the time but as a champagne girl myself I am bummed when it is not an option at the bar 🙂

Plated dinners are obviously very nice but if you are looking to save money you could investigate food stations.  We did a made to order cobb salad station, a pasta bar, and a fish entree and it worked out great.  You can place stations all over the reception room to get guests to mingle and avoid the long lines of a buffet.  We did some very nice passed hors d’ouerves during cocktail hour and the whole dinner felt very complete and still formal that way.  

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