(Closed) Not having food for the evening reception

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 2
624 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Are you serving alcohol? Food should always accompany alcohol. 

Post # 3
1192 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

It’s become trendy to offer late night snacks like sliders or something, but I’ve never been to or heard of a wedding that basically served two meals. It’s not required at all. Unless this is a cultural or regional thing I’m not aware of.

ETA: I may be confused on timing, too. Is the meal not part of the reception? Is meal first and then ceremony?

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 2 months ago by GreenGables.
Post # 5
3046 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

The way I’m reading this there are 3 courses plus dessert and meal time is 6:30 pm which is evening to me so I don’t see how that’s not enough food to suffice since its during dinner time? What time does your evening reception start? 

Think I might be confusing things by assuming your timeline is similar to ours. Our ceremony is at 6, cocktail hour with four hor d’oeuvres at 6:30, reception with plated dinner about 7:30pm plus cake then one last appetizer which I don’t think is necessary but thats how the venue does it. 

This sounds perfectly fine to me! 

Post # 6
3046 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

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fizzbee :  Sorry I was typing while you were responding to someone else lol I get it now. In that case I still think its sufficient.

Post # 7
2009 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

this seems odd… your talking about the standard UK tradition but that is not standard UK times…

why is the meal so late?

are you only having day guest?

to be honest a wedding breakfast normally takes 3 hours so you wont be finished until 9.30… then your going to have what 2 hours of dancing?

thats not really an evening reception, an evening reception start around 7 and last around 5+ hours – what your having is a VERY late breakfast followed by a short after party

theres no point feeding people less than an hour after they ate a 3 course meal

Post # 8
5891 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2017

Depends what time your wedding will run to. If it’s going to be until 1am or later then yes, have more food served a few hours after dinner. When your guests get hungry again later they will just leave your wedding.

Post # 9
1150 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Maybe put some nibbles out in bowls for anybody that feels they need more food? But honestly I think that would be fine.

I’m looking at doing something similar although not sure what format the meal will take yet. I certainly wouldn’t expect it to take 3 hours!

Post # 10
448 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Are you having guests who will be there only for the evening do? They would probably expect some kind of buffet. 

Post # 11
1705 posts
Bumble bee

It sounds like you’re already serving dinner, so I’m not sure what other food you would need to serve?

Post # 13
6535 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

What time does your wedding end?

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