Post # 1
My photographer said to have about 2 hours between the ceremony and the reception to get our formals done. Our ceremony is at 3, and this puts the dinner around 6. We are having a pretty simple dinner. I don’t have any plans for appetizers (or post-meal snacks either at this point), but I’m wondering now if I should have something? We are expecting about 100 people…
What should I do?
Post # 3
We are having a cocktail hour and waiters are walking around to serve small, one bite snacks to the guests. This will help to stop people going somewhere to “pick up a quick bite” before dinner, thus possibly spoiling their dinner.
Post # 4
We are doing the same thing except only an hour for pictures so our guests will be having cocktail hour from 4-5pm. We are having some appetizers there for them, I don’t want them to get hungry and uncomfortable.
Post # 5
Yes, absolutely. Plentiful food and drinks are a must for a 2-hour long cocktail hour.
Post # 6
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Yes, if there are drinks it would be best to have food for people to nibble!
Post # 7
yep. We’re having simple things – cheese & crackers and fruit. Just something to nibble on. Cocktail hour is from 5:30 to 6:30 and dinner is at 7
Post # 8
Two hours without food is a long time, especially so if you are serving cocktails.
So YES you need to add on some food.
Post # 9
Wow, two hours for formals? I’ve never heard of them taking so long. Are you going to multiple locations? Or is your venue for the reception far away from the ceremony? I think that’s quite the overkill.
Yes, serve food. That’s a really long time to go without food. Plus, booze + empty stomach = bad for most people!
Post # 11
Yes you definitely need to feed people, especially if the cocktail hour involves actual cocktails. Otherwise you’ll have drunk, starving, and frustrated guests by the time dinner rolls around.
Post # 12
Yes, definitely have food available during cocktail hour. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy, but a little bit of food will go a long way for people who are drinking for 2 hours before dinner.
Post # 13
Yes! You should give them something if you are going to serve drinks as well!
Post # 14
We are getting fruit, veggie, cheese & sausage trays from our caterer for our ‘cocktail hour’ time while we are taking pics. They were a lot cheaper than the appitizers that were offered to us.
Post # 15
YES, food is a necessity for a cocktail hour. Maybe a cheese & veggie display or fruit, cheese and crackers. It doesn’t have to be eloborate but something is highly recommended or people will get too buzzed too fast…
Post # 16
For 2 hours, I agree with others – you should have food. But, it doesn’t have to be over the top, honestly a cheese/cracker/fruit spread would totally do the trick.