Food for food's sake

Big question: dinner or cocktail reception?
I never have a definitive answer for this. I know what I prefer, and that is to have a full meal with some place to sit. Most guests are fine as long as they do not have to hit Taco Bell on the way home.
The other issue is, the cocktail reception is going to cost the same, if not more, than the plated dinner or dinner buffet. This may raise some eyebrows, but if you really think about it, the staff is having to clear more plate, more food per item is being made, there is usually some sort of chef's action area, and the list goes on.

If you are truly worried about the cost of food, and you have exhausted all your options elsewhere, I would suggest perhaps having a lunch or even a brunch if you do not mind getting married earlier in the day. If you want to keep the later ceremony time, inquire to your catering representative about a dessert reception.

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