We are revamping the reception plans and I'm hoping the venue we've chosen is open to what we want to do. I have an appointment March 16th to go over a timetable...then I have to make an appointment with the on staff caterer to go over the menu...that is where we may run into difficulty, but I am trying to be positive. Since it is a Sunday afternoon wedding (vows are at noon), we scrapped the buffet dinner and to save money, are considering doing crudités, fruit platter with dip, international cheeses with crackers, a variety of six different hors d'oeuvres, and two different salads (one pasta and the other field greens). Also coffee, tea, lemonade, ice tea, water and wine and beer, soda. easy child is making the cake and cupcakes. Here is the schedule (the wedding date is 8/25, a Sunday): Ceremony: Noon Cocktails: 1-1:30 Reception: 1:30-5 Cake and coffee will be served at 4pm. What do you think? Is it tacky not to serve a meal, considering the day and time of the event? From what I've read it's acceptable to do this and it would save us some big money. Since exh is not coming through with any money and difficult child and E can't seem to get their financial POOP in order, it falls on me so this is what I came up with. They are contributing, just not what they were originally supposed to. If we go with the original plan, it will be about $10,000. If we do this, it will cut the costs considerably. I will also host an after party at my house for my family only and everyone will bring a dish. Please be honest.