Q: I’ve always wanted a formal evening wedding, but we really can’t afford a dinner reception. Is it okay to just have wine and hors d’oeuvres?
A: It is perfectly proper to have less than a full meal if the timing is right. Guests invited for a 2:00 or 3:00 ceremony followed by a reception ending at 6:00 or 6:30 would likely not be expecting a meal. A limited menu might also be appropriate for a reception following a later evening –say 8:00 ceremony. Avoid scheduling the reception during typical dinner hours and you will avoid disappointing your guests.