Post # 1
Our venue has roughly 30 different appetizers to select from for our cocktail hour. How many different ones should we select for our guests to choose from?
Our guest list is small – roughly 14, we’re doing a first look and most of the photos before the ceremony, so dinner should be fairly prompt after the cocktail hour. We want people to have a nice selection, but not to go too overboard, so they have room for dinner and snacks, dessert buffet, etc later in the evening.
Two seems too narrow but ten would be over the top. What would be a good number of choices? Four? Six? What do other Bees suggest?
Post # 3
@Cappugcino: I think 6 is a good number. It should give enough variety incase you have some picky eaters. With only 14 people though, I think even 4 or 5 would be ok too.
Post # 4
We’re doing 5. The venue suggested 3 but we wanted a bigger variety. And we just couldn’t narrow it down beyond that anyway. 🙂
Post # 5
I always think the best food is at cocktail hour, so I would do 5-6 to have a good amount of variety.
Post # 6
If you are only have 14 people, I think 3 or 4 is probably more reasonable. You don’t want people to fill up on that and not eat dinner.
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Normally, I’d say 5 plus a crudite and cheese platter, but with only 14 guests, you could probably go with 3 or 4 instead.
ETA, I’d try to get one with chicken, one with seafood, one with meat, and one vegetarian.
Post # 8
We had 5 or six which is what the venue recommended. I think you could still have that number of options, you would just obviously have a much smaller quantity of each. Like you could get a a dozen of each one.
Post # 9
@Cappugcino: I agree with other bees and say 5 – 6.
Post # 10
3-4 per guests I think should be sufficient, especially since dinner will be soon after. Also, what kinds of apps are you thinking… if they are super filling, you don’t want too much.
Our cocktail hour will be a diy affair right after the ceremony at the ceremony site… so it will be simple and self serve. Thnk cheese and cracker trays, fruit and dip trays, cookies, etc…
Post # 11
Normally I would say five or so options is great (that is what we had for our 130 guests) but with 14 people I think that is a bit too much. Three options is a good number, four if you can’t choose.