Is it Tacky to Host an Hors D'oeuvre-Only Wedding Reception?

Etiquette, Food & Drink

Wedding tradition may dictate a lavish, three-course, sit-down meal served during the reception, but many modern couples don't possess the inclination — or the financial resources — to plan such an elaborate dining setup. But is an hors d'oeuvre-only reception appropriate for your wedding? Our etiquette experts weigh in on the question of eschewing a formal dinner for your big day celebration.

Your wedding by no means requires a sit-down meal, and providing a plethora of delectable appetizers can be a wonderful manner of keeping your budget in check. Heavy hors d'oeuvre and cocktails will ensure no guest goes hungry while preserving your bank account. Hosting an hors d'oeuvre-only reception will also allow you to take a more experimental approach towards your chosen menu. In lieu of a traditional three-course dinner, you can select a myriad of small bites for every food whim, and even mix cuisines if one feels too limited.

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However, if you wish to serve a more complete meal without blowing your bridal budget, you may consider setting up a buffet or a family-style dinner so your guests can satisfy their appetites. As guests plate their own food with a buffet or family-style meal, you can save for facets of the wedding that require more funding. Steering clear of expensive ingredients can aid your attempt to lower costs. Whatever you decide, make sure that your choice is not solely based upon your finances; after all, some of the most mouthwatering wedding meals are made from the simplest ingredients, and you only need one standout dish to please your guests.

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