Traditionally, before a wedding ceremony begins, guests sign the registry, take a seat, and listen to wedding music. This waiting time can seem endless, even if it is only ten minutes. Without being physically visible you are able to welcome your guests and show your appreciation for their attendance by serving pre-ceremony food and drinks.
Serving pre-ceremony food and drinks are becoming more popular this decade. Adding a little unexpected and meaningful touch helps to set a joyous mood for the remaining festivities. Also, this allows an additional opportunity for guests to mingle.
FOOD AND DRINK SUGGESTIONS
Usually, pre-ceremony food and drinks are light and refreshing. Often they may be called snacks or refreshments. It is a good idea to serve items that are less likely to stain the guests’ clothes. Popular suggestions are:
- Water-sparking, cucumber, or flavored
- Pretzels or popcorn
- Vegetable sticks
- Cheese and crackers
An appetizer station that has food selections that are appropriate for a quick bite is always a good idea. Depending on your venue, some couples decide to begin with a more celebratory vibe.
OPTIONS TO CONSIDER FOR SERVING YOUR GUESTS
Deciding where to serve your guests is very important. The guests need to see the serving area or be directed to the location. Two bartending companies that do a wonderful job are the Tipsy Gypsy Caravan and Artful Libations. They both do full bartending services plus specialize in specialty drinks to go with the theme or tone of a wedding. Otherwise, guests are seated and waiting in the ceremony space. If weather permits, serving the pre-ceremony food and drinks outside is a good option. Setting up a tent with tables and chairs is another alternative. American Party Rentals and CE Rental have a vast array of items that you can use.
There are several options for serving your guests their food and drinks. Total self-serve stations with someone keeping them well-stocked is an easy and inexpensive solution. Food trucks are appropriate for casual settings. Serving pre-ceremony food and drinks should not compete with the cocktail hour or dinner. Planning with a caterer helps to keep food and drink choices that complement each other flow smoothly from pre-ceremony to dinner.
Remember, this is as expensive as you make it. Just a small cup of cool water is greatly appreciated on a hot day. Showing that you care about your guests and appreciate their presence is the purpose of serving pre-ceremony food and drinks.