Evening wedding w/o plated dinner?

Hi Gals!

I'm having a mini crisis, I am just in the early stages of planning. I am pretty sure I've found the perfect venue for us, but the price of a plated dinner with open bar is sooooooo outrageous! I thought I had a reasonable wedding budget, but I am finding that it is not going very far in downtown Chicago! Any who, ive been to afternoon or morning weddings with just passed or buffet hors devours, but would this be ok for an evening wedding? Our families are pretty laid back, but I don't know if it's ok to have finger foods for dinner (even if there are a lot). I appreciate your feedback, thanks!
Posted on April 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm
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I think it should be fine. Just make sure you word it that way on the invitation, heavy hors d'ouveres or  something like that.

Posted on April 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm
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I would love it! I would rather make a meal of appetizers on any given day though. lol Are you having the reception over dinner hours? You might want to consider a late evening reception, but as long as you specify on the invite I don't really think it matters anyway.

Posted on April 2, 2011 at 1:34 pm
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A friend of ours did that, ask your venue about setting up stations. She had a salad station,taco station,pasta station and regular finger foods. It was a big hit and everyone loved it. This was at a fancy country club and she saved alot of money doing it this way.

Posted on April 2, 2011 at 1:36 pm
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Sounds great to me! You'll definitely want to make sure to have plenty, but I think people will love that!

Posted on April 2, 2011 at 1:40 pm
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Oh yeah, where are you getting married? I live in Chicago :) northside, Foster and Ashland!


Also, not sure if you have a photog yet but my neighbor is an awesome wedding photographer! Here is her site...


http://lauriepeacock.com/

Posted on April 2, 2011 at 1:42 pm
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Ok, thanks guys! I just keep thinking "I'd enjoy that!" but I don't want to come off as cheap or tacky
Posted on April 2, 2011 at 1:42 pm
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Cool, thanks Joplin! Im a northsider too, Lincoln park. I am hoping for Hotel 71, and I feel like I've heard of lauriepeacock, maybe even through Hotel 71?
Posted on April 2, 2011 at 1:45 pm
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maybe you should put on your invites small reception to follow or something to let people know not to come expecting a 5 course dinner. with it being in the evening many may come expecting to eat so depending on what time the reception wraps up, it may to late to eat elsewhere when they leave.

Posted on April 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm
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I think people won't mind it at all. Maybe put "A hors d'oeuvres reception immediately following ceremony" or something on your invite so your guests are aware.
Posted on April 2, 2011 at 1:50 pm
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yeah why not!! It's your wedding anyway!!:) We did an evening wedding with a buffet instead of a plated dinner and that saved some money cuz they didn't have to staff as many people to serve AND all the big eating boys in my family got to have seconds! !:) lol

Posted on April 2, 2011 at 1:53 pm
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As long as it's on the invite, and there is still some time for guests to eat if they need to (as in, the ceremony starts later in the evening), I'd have no problem with an hors d'oeuvres reception. I'd just get my eat on right before :)

Posted on April 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm
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Oh cool, I work in lakeview. Never been to Hotel 71 but anything downtown at night will look beautiful! Can't wait to see your pics! Yeah, Laurie is really talented so I wouldn't be surprised if you've heard her name thrown around.


I just tried to look for this one shoot on her site but I couldn't find it :( it's a really cool Rock the dress session downtown that I thought you might like! Oh well :)

Posted on April 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm
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Definitely okay. An hors d'oeuvres and cocktail reception is pretty chic and different.  :)

Posted on April 2, 2011 at 3:09 pm
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We had a heavy hors d'oeuvres reception in the evening.  Just make sure it is past dinner time, so your guests will have a chance to eat before they arrive.

Posted on April 2, 2011 at 3:27 pm
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Omg, I'm coming! I love hors d'oeuvres!

I do agree with the girls who say to let your guests know with the wording. As long as you do that, you're golden!
Posted on April 2, 2011 at 4:19 pm
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Why not?  I think that would be a nice way to have dinner, lots of selection, you eat as much or as little as you want.


Plus passed hors d'oeuvres with waiters or waitresses is quiet elegant.

Posted on April 2, 2011 at 4:22 pm
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I am considering doing this as well.  LOVE it!

Posted on April 2, 2011 at 5:12 pm
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I think the stations are a really great idea.  Many caterers are starting to do this and I think guests like it, too.  They keep things moving.


Taco weddings are amazing, as well.


 

Posted on April 2, 2011 at 5:17 pm
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That would be fine! My friend actually is going to behaving a Hors d'oeuvres reception at a lounge. Just make that clear on the invite in case they want to have a little food beforehand.

Posted on April 2, 2011 at 6:21 pm
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I love the idea of stations. And since Chicago has such amazing food- why not make it catered to foods of the city

Posted on April 2, 2011 at 8:14 pm
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