My fiancé and I decided on a buffet style meal of salad, baked chicken, green beans, and loaded mashed potatoes. I met with my potential wedding coordinator for the first time and she advised that based off of my 5pm start time, I should consider stations or heavy hors d’oeuvres. She said that by the time the reception starts it will be kind of late to serve a heavy meal. I’m confused because dinner time for my family is anywhere between 6-7:30pm. Why wouldn’t it be ok for my wedding guests? I’m still set on serving a meal. I’d just like to know what other brides or experts think. Thanks in advance for any advice!
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That’s what I’m thinking. I will also have alcohol so I know I want my guests to eat enough. Food is definitely not one of the areas that I want to cut corners on. I’m hoping by getting some advice from the members here I can determine if what she said is some uncommon belief. My biggest concern is hiring a professional that doesn’t really know wedding etiquette 😬
I'd do what you want and you know your guests better than someone you just met. While she may understand etiquette or how a typical reception is done, only you and your groom know your guests. It's your party and I say do what YOU want.
I would expect a full meal at that time so I wouldn't listen to her.
we are having a Friday wedding. Cocktail hour with passed apps from 6-7. Dinner after and ours will be heavier: salad course, pasta course, duo plate of filet mignon and chicken parm, potatoes, veggies and cheesecake. I'm not concerned about it being too late for real food.
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Our wedding is going to be on a Friday. I know some local guests will work that day. 4 might be too early. I’m hoping that the appetizers during the cocktail time will hold the guests over 😬
I went to a wedding with a 6 o clock start time and we didn’t start the reception until after 7. I don’t think I ate until around 8. Everyone was talking about how they didn’t eat before the wedding and no one seemed to mind it being late at all. I normally eat around 6:30 but weddings I don’t usually care since the food is usually worth the wait! If you’re set on having food, have food! Your guests will be way more happy if you don’t skimp on food