(Closed) To serve Food or Not to Serve Food

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

You can definitely have a reception without serving a full meal.  I would recommend looking at an afternoon wedding with the ceremony starting around 2pm and the reception ending by 6pm.  That would fit perfectly between meal times so you could easily just serve tapas with cake.

I’ll let another bee recommend the food since there are so many different foods you can offer.

Post # 4
1217 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Welcome to the bee!

I totally agree with the PP about having a mid-afternoon wedding. (You COULD have a mid-morning wedding, but 1) a lot of people don’t like to get up early and would be grumpy; 2) you would have to get up REALLY early to start decorating and getting ready – hair and makeup takes a long time!; and 3) The benefit of having an afternoon wedding is you could have just immediate family and the wedding party over for dinner or something afterwards, and close the evening with just the two of you – if you get married in the morning it’s a little awkward, what do you do for the rest of the day? I went to a morning wedding a couple months ago and it felt a little anti-climactic. We went to a bar afterwards at 2 pm.

I think just about any hors d’oeuvres would go with beer and wine! Are you planning on hiring a catering company, or making the hors d’oeuvres yourself? You can do a Google search of some catering companies and look at their menus (or request that they email you their menus) so you can get an idea of what foods are common served at hors-d’oeuvres-only weddings. I think bite-sized anything is always good (e.g. mini sliders, mini tacos, croquettes, grilled veggies or chicken on skewers), and I am all over the cheese/crackers and veggies/dip spreads at events, if that helps!

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