We're doing a cocktail style ceremony and reception starting at around 7 pm. I feel like this is a late enough start time to not expect a meal - kepping in mind that the ceremony will be at 7:10 pm. It is premium open bar as well BTW.
I've read that it is best to serve in "acts". I've pretty much told everyone that we're not doing the formal dinner, I've offered dinner suggestions near the venue, and instead we're doing "food stations" (I guess that is what it is called) so no servers floating around with platters.
Act 1 - 7:45 after speeches, champagne toast, and ceremony: charcutrie/antipasto - Meats, cheeses, bread, olives, preserves, crackers, fruit, nuts etc. and I may do a mediterranean style table with warm pita, hummus, focaccia, bocconcini skewers, babaganoush, tzatsiki, bruschetta...
Act 2 - 9:00 pm: Cake cutting - we will also do a dessert table with cupcakes, whoopie pies, a candy bar, popcorn bar.
Act 3 - 10:45 pm: late night nacho bar
Is this enough? Will people be somehow offended that we're not providing "dinner" ("" because I totally eat that kind of food for dinner I LOVE charcutrie/antipasto even though it does technically translate to appetizer lol!)?
We're also not linking to a registry and we will only direct people to our amazon.ca wish list if requested. I'm also going to literally put all of the food they can expect on our wedding website. The invitation will also ensure it says post-dinner cocktail ceremony and reception.
YES I know it's over a year out. But whatever, I like to plan and budget lol!