(Closed) Receptions – alternative food

posted 5 years ago in Food
  • poll: Do you think the following alternative food choices are tacky for receptions?
    Yes, having only cake and nuts and champagne is tacky. : (17 votes)
    20 %
    No, it's perfectly fine to have cake and nuts and champagne only. : (24 votes)
    29 %
    Yes, having close friends bring dishes for a "potluck inspired" meal is tacky. : (14 votes)
    17 %
    No, if your friends want to help out it's fine to have them bring dishes. : (26 votes)
    31 %
    Other. : (2 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 16
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    1264 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    chocolatechipmint:  I think it all depends on your guests. I do think it is bad manners to not serve a full meal if the reception is around dinnertime though. 

    Post # 17
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    3223 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    Timing is definitely at issue here, because of all the reasons listed above. 

    I’ll point out about timing that you also have to factor in getting ready time, the time it takes to get to the venue, and the time your punctual guests who don’t want to stress you out will get there. The 1:30 start time for a wedding I was at sounded great until the bride’s dad got us all to think we had to leave by 12:45 to get there, which meant getting dressed and ready around 11:45… And no lunch until the gap!

    Post # 18
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    94 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    100 people might be tricky and prove a headache for you in terms of the potluck (running the risk of not having enough for everyone) unless you have extremely organized and devoted friends who want to tackle this.

    I vote no to the nuts but thats only because for me personally it feels like bar food. If you know and love it then go for it girl!

    I second the cheese and cracker platters (your devoted friends can help cut big cheese blocks if the platters are too pricey and help arrange something pretty.) A few bunches of grapes here and there would be nice too

    If you want to do just cake and champagne I think thats perfectly fine also.

    Since you aren’t doing dinner, I would suggest that on your invites you say something like “please join us after the ceremony for the cutting of the cake and a toast!” (or however you would phrase it). Terms like light fare (if you add a platter of some sort) sound not tacky and let your guests know not to expect a full meal.

    Post # 19
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    831 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: Either Philadelphia City Hall or a small chapel.

    I honestly think it’s fine as long as you tell people. Otherwise, you just kind of come off a type of way. I personally look forward to dinner and stuff at a reception.

    Post # 20
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    7199 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    chocolatechipmint:  Assuming your ceremony and reception fall within a non-meal time, I think it’s fine to have a champagne and cake reception. So maybe a 1pm ceremony with a reception between 2-5. But let people know on the invitation that it’s cake only so they know to eat before the ceremony. 

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