posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
2188 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

I think that since your reception takes place during dinner time you should have entrees, not just hors d’oeurves. Yes you are saving money but you run the risk of guests being hungry and leaving early.

Post # 4
2179 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

If you’re planning on people being with you for about 8 hours, a meal is appropriate.

Post # 5
487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Bazinga:  +1

If your guests are going to be there from 2:30pm until 10:00pm I really do think you need to have an entree option for them since the event spans over dinner time.

Post # 8
3277 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

You definitely need a dinner served and I would suggest hor de vours as well. 

Post # 10
346 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Your timeline sounds just like ours. Our ceremony is an hour, starting at 2:30 with cocktail hour and dinner/dancing to follow (reception ends at 10:30). I would do a few apps, like the ones you said, and then a dinner since you expect people to stay till around 10pm. Apps and cake would only be appropriate if the event was planned to end prior to dinner time. 

Post # 11
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I think for the length/timing of your wedding, you should definitely do a traditional dinner. As a guest, I’d be really surprised to not get a ‘meal’ during that time. 

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