Just Said Yes December 2019

Should we serve appetizers during cocktail hour?

Samantha, on March 6, 2019 at 1:35 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 12

After the ceremony, our guests will be going to a garden area that will have an open bar. Should we provide appetizers in the garden or just wait for dinner?

Thanks everyone Smiley smile


Latest activity by Amanda, on March 8, 2019 at 3:07 PM
  • Maggie
    Champion October 2025
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    YES. Especially if there is alcohol. I know when I have something to do later in the day, I sometimes forget to eat and I can be a lightweight.

    If there is alcohol, there should be food. It doesn't have to be fancy or a lot, but you should definitely try to have pigs in a blanket or something like that.

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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
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    Yes, appetizers are generally served during cocktail hour! Smiley smile

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  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
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    Absolutely have appetizers. Ask your caterer if they have a separate appetizer menu.
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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
    Caytlyn ·
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    Yes, appetizers are typically served during cocktail your. Otherwise you’ll have a bunch of tipsy guests before the reception begins.
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  • Samantha
    Just Said Yes December 2019
    Samantha ·
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    Good to know. Smiley smile Thanks everyone!

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  • Gen
    Champion June 2019
    Gen ·
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    YES. You should never serve people alcohol on an empty stomach! People would get VERY drunk and possibly sick.

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  • Stacy
    Savvy April 2019
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    Yes! We are doing some passed canapés during our cocktail hour. I think people appreciate not having to wait forever for food.
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  • Anna
    Dedicated June 2019
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    I would say yes. The reason for alcohol on an empty stomach is there main thing. But also, people usually mingle more and forget about waiting for dinner when they're munching on a little snack.

    But I've seen it done with only drinks and it seemed to be fine.

    It depends on you. Think about all factors, including budget, and make your decision! 😊
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  • Erica
    Dedicated July 2019
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  • Angerra
    VIP August 2019
    Angerra ·
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    Definitely yes! It is always a good idea to have some sort of snacks available when offering drinks.
    We haven't finalized our menu yet. We'll be having passed apps and a fruit/vegetable/cheese station.
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  • Martika
    Expert September 2019
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    We are having appetizers at our cocktail hour, that is also when the bar will open. Apps were included for free from our caterer. They will do stationed and passed appetizers.

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  • Amanda
    Dedicated June 2020
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