I love saving money just as much as the next person. And I love it when the money I’m saving belongs to my brides and grooms. (Believe me, nothing is better than staying on, or under budget!)
But not all money saving ideas are good ones.
Recently read an article that suggested couples skip appetizers, since the guests would be filling up on dinner during the reception.
These days, most couples have their wedding ceremony and reception at the same location, and schedule the reception to immediately follow the ceremony. This makes sense, as it would be rude to expect your guests to leave then come back.
Even if your ceremony and reception are at two different venues, most guests appreciate not having a lag time between the ceremony and reception.
Usually the happy couple and their wedding party will be busy with photos right after the ceremony, so a majority of wedding receptions start off with a cocktail hour, since the reception can’t “officially” start.
What does this have to do with skipping appetizers?
Think about this – what are guests to do while waiting for the bride and groom to arrive?
Enjoy some beverages and little nibbles during a cocktail hour. Offer a cocktail hour and your guests will happily stay occupied until you arrive (with DJ or band playing some light music in the background).
With nothing to drink or snack on, after about 10 minutes or so, they will become antsy and bored. Giving them alcohol to drink but nothing to eat, is a bad idea. Alcohol on an empty stomach is asking for trouble.
The only way that skipping appetizers will work is if there is no time lag between ceremony and reception.
Appetizers don’t have to be fancy. Inexpensive cheese and crackers, fruit and veggie trays, chips and dips will do nicely.
And no, you don’t have to serve alcohol during the cocktail hour if you prefer to have a dry wedding. Sodas, iced tea, lemonade, and flavored waters will work.
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