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    Default Wedding food dilemma....

    So we are at the point if choosing sit down dinner vs stand up cocktail.

    I really want a cocktail wedding. But I'm worried people will go hungry!!

    The venue has told us the food service will go for two hours & guests will get around 15 canapés each (mixture of hot & cold). This doesn't sound like enough food for dinner???

    What do you guys think?

    Did anyone out there have cocktail receptions? How much food was there & was it enough???

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    Default Wedding food dilemma....

    We had a sit down and canapés.

    I think it can depend on time too. If its on place of a meal I don't thinks its enough.

    I've been to a cocktail wedding and we left absolute starving!!! Remember not everyone is going to like every finger food offered.

    At DHs work functions they do canapés and always have enough for 8 serves each plus an entre, main am desert. There is never food left over either!!

    I find wedding make people more hungry
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    Default Wedding food dilemma....

    Could you always put on extra platters how much would that be? At the rate suggested each guest would get 1 piece every 8 or so minutes, to me that's not a lot of food spread over the time. Particularly if it's an open bar.
    Could you have additional like cheese platters and fruit on a table somewhere?

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    Default Wedding food dilemma....

    I have been to numerous cocktail functions. I personally don't like them. We always eat before we go, which usually means having a big lunch, I think if the invite states it is canapés then people should have the smarts to realise they aren't going to be fed a meal so shouldn't come hungry. If you are having a cocktail reception and have stated that on the invite, then it really isn't your problem if people are going to be hungry or not.

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    Default Wedding food dilemma....

    I also have witnessed many starving brides because they refuse to eat before the ceremony, and then have to live on 15 canapés until midnight.

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    We recently went to a sit down reception and the canapes at the start came around and I think I had 4 - 5. If I'd only had 15 (at most) and that was the whole meal I would have been starving!

    Weddings are a long day for all involved and to me cocktail reception means not enough seats and that is pure torture for your guests. Seriously, after a big day who wants to stand up in formal gear for 2+ hours minimum (allowing for food, cake, speeches, etc).

    I've been to one cocktail reception and I think we got served maybe 20 dishes throughout the night and probably 17 of them were fish! Poor dh isn't a big fan of fish, so it was an unpleasant night for him. We did manage to get a few chairs, but we had to sit in them and not move for fear of losing them - there was only seating for half the guests at most. Needless to say we got McDonalds on the way home that night!

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    Default Re: Wedding food dilemma....

    Quote Originally Posted by MummaOJ View Post
    I have been to numerous cocktail functions. I personally don't like them. We always eat before we go, which usually means having a big lunch, I think if the invite states it is canapés then people should have the smarts to realise they aren't going to be fed a meal so shouldn't come hungry. If you are having a cocktail reception and have stated that on the invite, then it really isn't your problem if people are going to be hungry or not.
    I agrre with this, but at the same time a lot of venues charge similar amounts for cocktail receptions vs. sit down meals and in that instance I'd be choosing sit down for sure.

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    Default Wedding food dilemma....

    Yeah I with pp we usually leave hungry. At the last one I went to people were so so drunk as it was 40 degrees with no aircon in the venue and not enough food. Not a good combination.

    You can still have a cocktail style reception, just put on way more platters of food

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    Cocktail would be great for me as I don't eat much. But for everyone else ( especially men) not enough, I asked DH and he said "I'd hate that" also, the other point he made was that I you're serving drinks you need to have enough food so that your guests don't get too tipsy iykwim.


 

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