(Closed) Who is doing a heavy hors d’oeuvres reception?

posted 8 years ago in Food
  • poll: Heavy hors d'oeuvres reception?
    That's me! I'm doing one! : (15 votes)
    60 %
    That was me! I did do one! : (0 votes)
    I'm doing light hors d'oeuvres, but want to join the party! : (1 votes)
    4 %
    I've been to one! : (5 votes)
    20 %
    Never been to one, not doing one, but I want to vote/say something! : (4 votes)
    16 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Ahh I would have loved to do a tapas style reception. That’s what my “other” wedding would be like 🙂 I love that it gives guests the flexibility to try so many different foods! Yummm tapas..

    Post # 4
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    21 posts
    Newbee

    My fiance and I are both college students saving for our wedding, paying for it ourselves.  We would love to have a full catered meal but can’t afford it.  Instead, we’re doing cake and punch as of right now and maybe light hors d’oeurves if we are able to save more money.  Our wedding is going to be 1 p.m. and cake/punch following so around 2.

     

    I do think that hors d’oeurves are great for weddings, lots of variety!  Plus a bigger chance of mingling and dancing, getting to know the other family.  With just the sit down catered meal, it can seem like side against side–very formal.  I enjoy formal but weddings are a celebration!

     

    Both are great!

    Post # 5
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    1982 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I am! That’s how we do it in the South, haha. Seriously though, it just means we’re not set on one great food!

    We’re doing a raw bar, various dips, sliders, cheese display, fruit display, veggie display, and some other things. Mmmm.

    Post # 6
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    208 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    We’re doing heavy hors d’oeuvres, too. Since most of our guests are coming from out of town, I was adament that we provide them with a full meal. However, there are so many different diets we need to accomodate — from vegan to carnivore and everything in-between — that a buffet or plated meal simply wasn’t practicle. I’m hoping that the wider variety of food will ensure that everyone can find *something* they like to eat.

    Post # 7
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    1385 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    That is a great idea! I would be totally happy with that- the apps are normally so good anyway! We’re doing a cocktail and hors doeuvres hour, but then doing a buffet style dinner.

    Post # 8
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    2562 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We are! It actually isn’t any cheaper than a basic buffet set-up, but we are doing a cheese/pickle display, fruit display, crudetes, a variety of hot passed hors d’oeuvres, and for an hour and a half we are doing a sliders and fries action station (grilling the sliders right in the ballroom), and a prawn flambe station.

    Post # 10
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    112 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    yes! please let us know details! this is my dream but the manfriend is worried because it’s so different… but i feel like the food will be more memorable and we can have a bunch of different faves, and people can focus more on dancing the night away. right?

    Post # 11
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    1982 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Yes–the dancing part is right, at least for my family. Full seated meal = lethargy for them. I saw it at the last family wedding, sadly.

    Post # 12
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    283 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I’m doing this for the same reason as pinkrokker.  Too many diets to accomodate.  I’m hoping it will keep people on the dance floor anyway, and just snacking in between dances.  I hope someone who’s been to one will post.

    Post # 13
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    1982 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Oh, I’ve been to one… what do you want to know about it?

    Post # 15
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    1982 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Anything with a large spread. Ie cheeses, veggies, fruit, various meats/cheeses/breads (think italian cured meats and such), mini sandwiches or anything filling like that (something that replicates the main dish of a meal in a way), anything you can eat with one hand/without a utensil/on sticks or toothpicks

    Stay away from messier foods if you can. Since you mean for people to mingle, you don’t want them to just go sit down in a seat and eat the mac and cheese that sounded good, but is too messy to eat while standing…

    Dips surprisingly don’t go over incredibly well, but they’re good later on as people get snacky.

    Spread out the food! Do not have it in just one area, lines will form. Our food will be sporadically located throughout the venue.

    Good luck!

    Post # 16
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    1982 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Oh, and since there are mini portions, you can go more exotic than usual–feel free to do salmon wrapped in endive, encrusted in cheez-its if that’s what you want. Hehe

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