We are not doing hor d'oeuvres as our ceremony ends at 5pm, reception to be seated at 5:45pm and dinner at 6pm. We will have the bar open but with such a short period in between we decided against it. We are doing a late night taco bar after dinner around 10:30pm instead.
If people are arriving just for dinner, I think you can axe the hors d'oeuvres. I would keep the bar open though and just use the time when people trickle in as a photo opportunity (ie have guests take a photo with you as they come in before taking their seat).
I think it’s up to you guys. I made the decision purely based on timing of the dinner (just over an hour from ceremony ending)… our bar is open and I didn’t feel right about making people wait without food while drinking. And it’s a bit of a wait in between. I would serve them.
Just to clarify, are you asking if you should serve hors d'oeuvres during cocktail hour, or to remove cocktail hour all together?
If you're having cocktail hour, I would serve hors d'oeuvres. It's not a great idea to have people drink alcohol without any food available to them.
If you're removing cocktail hour then you need to be pretty efficient at starting the reception right after the ceremony. If you foresee yourself wanting to take photos or mingle with guests, it would be awkward if everyone is standing around just waiting for something to happen.
Its totally up you and your fiance and if you really wanna spend money on that aa well as having more food within a short amount of time. Our timelines are about the same cocktails 515pm and our dinner is at 6pm. We've decided not to serve hor d'oeuvres.