(Closed) Semi-Formal Attire…Soup/Sandwich Reception

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Is soup/salad/sandwiches too casual for a semi-formal dance reception?
    YES! : (48 votes)
    59 %
    No way! : (31 votes)
    38 %
    Other (Please Explain) : (3 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bee Keeper

    i think its way too casual..

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    If done right you can pull it off.  You should add a poll.

    Post # 5
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    You shouldn’t have to take any flack for what you decide to feed your guests.  When it comes down to it, it’s your wedding.  Anyone who complains about a free meal, especially when you’re asking them to share your special day, is being rude.  Best of luck!

    Post # 7
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @nutMeg13:  haha! your avatar just made me laugh out loud 🙂

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I think it depends on what semi-formal means to you and your guests.  I would feel kind of strange eating sandwiches and soup in a cocktail dress.  I think the level of dress sets a certain expectation, and even if the sandwiches are the most delicious sandwich ever, it is probably not what the guests will expect.  Is it the end of the world?  No.  Will your guests still have fun?  Yes.  But there could be that initial response of “This is what we’re eating??”.  You just have to decide how much that bothers you. 

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @GoddessofNerdvana:  It’s your party, you will make it as casual or formal as you want–if the decor and presentation of the food is more upscale it will work

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I wouldn’t be the happiest guest if I went out and brought a dress because it was semi formal and you served me a sandwich no matter how good it was. But it’s your wedding so you should do what you please. 

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    Do you think instead of normal sandwiches, you could do them in spinwheel form? That might take the feel up a notch. Overall, I think it’s fine.

    Post # 13
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I’m thinking maybe tea sandwiches is good, like the kind without crust and if you centered a theme around tea time.  Otherwise i think it’s just too casual, even for semi formal…

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Obviously not egg salad on white or brown. I think its a really good idea but think upscale and funky. Also what do you meen by semi formal? 

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I think really fresh, delicious sandwiches totally beat the standard banquet hall fair but if it’s both in the evening (it would be expected at a luncheon) and semi-formal it has to be stepped up a notch, yummy artisan or different flavoured breads and different types of sandwiches (as you said, not the standby turkey, ham and egg) would be great.

    I’ve seen it recommended that if you’re having something other than the expected sit-down dinner to include it in the invites (i.e. cocktail reception to follow) so including something like that will prevent any possible dissapointment or confusion from guest. Yummy over expected, In My Humble Opinion, wins everytime.

    Post # 16
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Ultimately I don’t think it matters what you serve to people as long as there is food. However you asked if it was too casual and I think that type of food screams casual. If you don’t care if anyone thinks that then go for it! If it bothers you then look for other options.

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