Post # 1
Our caterer is only doing dinner, so appetizers are up to us. We’re going for a New England BBQ theme, so we’re having bbq for dinner and for dessert we’ll have the traditional wedding cake, an ice cream sundae bar, apple pie, and something based on smores (maybe some cookies & brownies too, I like dessert). I’d like to keep our appetizers in theme as well. We’ll be buying, not making it ourselves, and we can do pretty much whatever we want… but I don’t know what we want! Or what we “need”.
The ceremony is at 4pm and dinner begins at 5:30pm, so I don’t think we need anything too substantial, right? Just something for people to nibble on as they begin drinking. Shrimp cocktails seems obvious. Maybe clam chowder shots? Would watermelon as an app be weird? I feel like there’s too much dessert to have it as an option then, and it’s a summer staple, so I want to inclide it somehow.
And since people will be done eating around 6pm, do you think we need a late night snack if we end at 10pm?
I feel like the closer the wedding gets, the more hung up I’m getting on all the details 😣
Post # 2
2 of the 3 appetizers you’re mentioned are a no-go for shellfish allergies. I’d make sure you have something more substantial than watermelon for those who can’t (or don’t) eat seafood and any vegetarians. Especially since it’s during cocktail hour!
Post # 3
Hot creamy (assuming not Manhattan style) soup in the middle of summer sounds horrid.
Fruit salad, fruit skewers, or fruit and cheese skewers would probably be better than just watermelon. Cocktail hour is when people start downing booze, so they need something in their stomachs – I would worry less about theme and more about doable if you are buying them and need them to be a certain temp. If you can find someplace that does a roasted veggie tray, I find that goes over better than your standard veggie tray, I would also have something a little carb-laden for boozing purposes, whether that is cheese and crackers, a roll-up sandwich tray, pita chips and hummus, bruschetta, or spinach dip in a breadbowl.
Post # 4
I like the fruit kabob idea PP mentioned as well as cheese and crackers and maybe veggies and some kind of dip. I think any of those things would be reasonably easy to purchase. If you want to do a seafood option you could look into doing a crab dip, neptune salad, or even a potato salad with some crab meat in it (Gordon Ramsey does a nice one with a light vinaigrette). Or include some smoked salmon that people can eat on crackers.
Post # 5
misslucy : None of our guests have shellfish allergies, or are vegetarian, so that’s not a problem at least. I definitely agree we need more than watermelon, I’m just blanking on what would go well.
annabananabee : These are good suggestions, thank you! I agree creamy soup sounds weird for mid-summer… but it’s a staple here lol. Temp control isn’t a problem, it’s a fully indoor wedding and we will have servers handling the food for safety.
That’s a good point about carbs to control alcohol absorption, though I think those most likely to drink a lot will probably skip the food for that exact reason, unfortunately.
I just wasn’t sure if I should serve too much or anything too heavy since dinner will be so soon after.
Post # 6
Mini lobster rolls!
We also had small crab cakes as apps and they were a hit. Fancy cheese and crackers/charcuterie and fruit.
Post # 7
It’s not New England but it is bbq… Fried Mac & Cheese. They’re little balls, easy to pop in one bite and freaking delicious. Plus as others said, the fruit and veggies. Despite being an east-coaster, I am sinfully icked out by most shellfish, so I’m not into the meatier suggestions above. Still if you do them small, no one is going to be too full for dinner.
Post # 8
Potato chips and pretzels are both good for drinking and on theme.
Artichoke dip or hummus and pita chips show up at many bbq potlucks I go to.
Watermelon alone may be strange but skewers of watermelon with feta is very appetizer-y.
You don’t need too much, since dinner is quite early, just enough to help people soak up the booze.
Post # 9
Artichoke dip perhaps, or maybe even some mini quiches?
As for your late night, if you are endign at 10pm, definitely not worth the hassle and extra cost. My venue includes a late night station and we’ve been told they open it usually at 9:30-10:00pm (ceremony starts at 4pm as well).
I agree that maybe you could do watermelon and other fruit/cheese on a skewer to give a little variety? You can also play with color for those and make them match your wedding colors!
Post # 10
I would do shrimp cocktail and a cheese, crackers & charcuterie board for sure. Veggies with dip is also nice to have. I am having some passed hot hors d’vours, but our venue is providing them (crabcakes, bacon & scallops, beef wellington.) I wouldn’t be able to make them myself!
Late night snacks are not necessary with a 10pm end time. People will have plenty to eat. If you are having an after party I would just peovide snacks there.
Also, what do you mean by New England BBQ theme? I’ve never heard of this. Is it a clam bake? Or a wedding taking place in New England serving bbq?
Post # 11
Don’t underestimate the power a full, heavy selection app table and a late buffet table. People WILL be hungry again by 9, esp if theyre drinking. Our guests ate and drank all throughout our wedding, even the ones I thought wouldn’t be big drinkers. This isn’t the time to be stingy with food. You only get married once, right? (Hopefully!).
Post # 12
Shrimp cocktails and cheese platter seems a good choice