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How many courses is your reception?

Allie, on November 3, 2018 at 3:32 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 8
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I’m debating whether to have 3 or 4 courses + cake for my reception. What did you all do and how did you feel it about it?

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Latest activity by Maggie, on November 5, 2018 at 2:02 PM
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    Savvy June 2019
    Allie ·
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    Also to add - the venu I’m looking at does family style and has 6-8 dishes to share/course amongst 6 people.
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  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
    Kelly ·
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    Our sit down dinner had 3 courses. But before that we had a cocktail hour with passed appetizers and a cheese and charcuterie station and we had a dessert bar during dancing. Our venue told us each course takes 30 minutes and I didn’t want to delay dancing too long so that’s why we did ours that way!
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  • Kristen
    VIP August 2018
    Kristen ·
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    We had cocktail hour with fully stocked hors d'oeuvres and then a 3 course meal plus cake/dessert

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  • Futuremrsk
    VIP August 2019
    Futuremrsk ·
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    We will have cocktail hour with 2 passed apps and a station. Dinner will be soup, salad, and then a plated meal. Everyone gets the same, it's a dual entree (beef and chicken)with veg and potato, except for a few guests who are vegetarian/vegan/gluten free/severe allergies..they will have an alternative meal provided. Then dessert. And halfway through the dancing we get the option of a sweet of savory table and being from Buffalo we went savory and chose a pizza and wings table!
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    Super November 2019
    Melissa ·
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    After cocktail hour, the dinner will consist of 2 different first courses (ex. Crab cakes and salad), next would be the intermezzo (palate cleanser), and then the entree which we still have to pick.
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  • Brittany
    Devoted October 2018
    Brittany ·
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    We did salad, dinner and cake for dinner. During cocktail hour we did cute little artisan pizzas for guests!
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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
    MrsD ·
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    We are having appetizers during cocktail hour, then guests sit to a plated salad, then entree portion, then dessert will be at a table for people to get. That just worked for us, but I like 3 courses at a wedding. For me, 4 feels like too much.

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  • Maggie
    Champion October 2025
    Maggie ·
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    The last wedding I went to had three courses including cake served buffet style and, if I remember correctly, it's the only wedding I've been to where I didn't stop at a fast food joint afterwards. There was a cocktail hour with snacks, but that doesn't count as a dinner course to me. It was the perfect amount of food and I went home pleasantly full. Smiley smile

    What makes you pause over that last course? Are you worried that your guests will be too hungry or too full?

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