It used to be hors d’oeuvres were strictly served before a main meal. And only a few, like three or four, and nothing too intricate, as they weren’t meant to serve as your main course. Really, they were just a couple bites to take the edge off of the guests’ hunger as they arrived to the event. Then after 45 minutes to an hour, guests would be invited to sit down for a served multi-course meal where they would remain for hours. So much for the networking opportunities!
Food is(as it should be!) a huge part of the entertainment at weddings and parties. For good reason as it’s a huge part of the budget. But more importantly, food makes people happy. Giving guests an experience that incorporates their senses and engages their interest puts the spotlight back on the whole purpose of the gathering. To share, network and party!