Post # 1
Our wedding ceremony is outdoors on June 1st at 7:30 pm. We will not be eating until 8:30, but our venue suggested doing either a pre-ceremony cocktail time or a small appetizer trio after the ceremony and before the guests are released to go to the buffet. I’m trying to keep costs down…. but I don’t want my guests hungry.
What do you think would work best? I was thinking maybe cheese and crackers for outdoors or mini bites after the ceremony.
FH said we don’t need either that guests can wait 30 extra to eat while we do introductions, first dance etc.
Post # 2
What time is on the invitation? If the ceremony isn’t immediate then you really have to host your guests in some way. Otherwise, I’d do appetizers afterwards since a lot of people will not have eaten since lunch time.
Post # 3
Definitely I would be starving by then.
Post # 4
I would be starving by then but it seems as though I’m always hungry 😂 That being said, I would provide something. If its veggie and fruit trays and cheese and crackers then so be it! You dont have to blow your budget, guests will just be grateful that there are munchies.
Post # 5
I would do a snack after the ceremony. You don’t want people straggling in to the ceremony or getting tipsy beforehand. Your fiance may not realize, but it takes a long time to get everyone fed when you have a buffet. Absolutely recommend having some bites available before dinner, especially if yours is on the later side.
Post # 6
I would do apps after the ceremony. With a 7:30pm start time, I personally would probably have already eaten a light dinner prior and wouldn’t be hungry when I arrived, but probably would be by around 8 or so. Either way, if you’re having alcohol, don’t listed to FI; definitely serve food. Not only will your guests be hungry, it’s good to have food to absorb the alcohol.
Post # 7
Don’t listen to your fiancé unless you want your guests to remember your wedding for how they “almost died of starvation”. And as PP mentioned, if people are gong to be drinking, they need food.
Since budget is a concern, I would just try to stick with trays of cheese, charcuterie, and/or crudités. Ideally you could keep them out before and after the ceremony, but if you must pick, I would do after the ceremony.