(Closed) Reception time and serving hors d'oeuvres..

posted 4 years ago in Food
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper

A vegetarian would be fairly hungry just eating veg, cheese and fruit. Are you going to have any other options? 

Try to avoid a meal time. Late afternoon could work best

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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hmking:  I wouldn’t think of 6 pm as a “late evening” wedding. Most of the full-meal weddings we have attended recently have had a 6:30/7 pm invitation time. A 6 pm wedding would indicate to me that a full dinner would be served. If you want to be outside a meal time, then I’d say 8 pm would be a better option, or earlier in the day between lunch and dinner. I have nothing against a heavy hors d’oeuvres scheme at all, I would just make it clear on the invitation so people don’t misunderstand and show up expecting a full meal. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

Agree with the above. 6pm is not a good time for guests if dinner wont be provided. Our ceremony will start at 6, we have 5 appetizers circulating throughout the evening plus a plated dinner planned. If I attended a wedding at this time without dinner Id probably duck out during the reception and go grab something to eat. ๐Ÿ˜€ 8pm or later seems reasonable if a full meal isnt offered. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

6 PM is right around the dinner hour, and it’s highly likely that folks will be expecting a MEAL. So, to manage the expectations, you may want to call it a “cocktail reception,” or something like that. Or, you can have the ceremony around 8, when it’s assumed that people have already eaten.

For vegetarians, or people who just don’t want to eat a ton of meat, they’ll need something more substantial than just bread and crackers.

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

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hmking:  Including a menu is an excellent idea and will prevent miscommunication. We plan to do the same so people are aware of what will be served. ๐Ÿ™‚ Im sure itll work out great. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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hmking:  I’d say 2:00 if you’re doing between lunch and dinner, or 8:00 for after dinner. If I got your invitation with either of those times, I would definitely have eaten prior, and would be happy to have the app/hors doeuvres only ๐Ÿ™‚ 
The only other suggestion I have is maybe a hot or cold option that isn’t so heavy on meat or cheese? I loooove all of your options, but I do think I’d like something other than fruit/veggie tray for a non-heavy option. Maybe something like a mini caprese salad with tomato basil and mozzerella? Still has the cheese but it’s a little lighter. Or a veggie inspired option (spring roll, eggplant crostini?) 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I agree with a 2pm or 8pm start. 8 pm will be more of a party, more alcohol. 2pm will be more casual, more chatting and catching up.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

I just went to a wedding that started at 6 and they only served appetizers and didn’t have a place for everyone to sit and everybody left super early because people were hungry. I think an 8 start time would be perfect because nobody would be expecting dinner or including a menu so people know what to expect. 

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper

I think a mid afternoon start time works best for a menu like this. For people travelling to your wedding or getting ready for it, there won’t be much time for dinner. Also, every evening wedding I’ve ever been invited to featured a full dinner. For example, people from big cities are used to eating late on weekends and  will probably assume they’ll be fed a meal, especially if they are coming in from out of town. 

 

 

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