Post # 1
Hello my fellow Weddingbees,
I’m planning my September wedding reception right now and I’m trying to come up with the right person to food ratio. We are planning a 5:30pm ceremony with a 7:00pm to midnight reception to follow. Our ceremony is going to be small with about 30 people. We will be estimating 75-100 total for our reception with about 20 of those attending to be children. My FH and I have agreed to have a classy, but casual Hors D’ouerves and cocktail style reception. Of course, on the invitations, we will be stating that there will be light hors d’ourves and cocktails to be served so the guests know what to expect. I’m wondering what others feel is an appropriate amount of servings per guest and how many choices we should have for our guests? I also plan to have a candy/sweet buffet table set up and will be serving cake as well. Thanks!
Post # 3
I think you’re going to need to have very heavy hor d’ouerves because your wedding/reception is definitely during what most people would consider dinnertime.
Post # 4
@Wonderstruck: I agree. That is the supper hour, you will need heavy food so people will be able to get through the night.
Post # 5
For mine, we will have about 67-75 people and we are ordering 56 dozen different Hor D’ouerves, we will have a cheese/fruit/bread station, several olive stations, and a cold veggie station. This was reccommended by the venue for the time of our reception (about 6:30) and the number of people.
We are also having a candy buffet & cupcakes (no cake).
Post # 6
@MrsReidizzle: Definitely do heavy hors d’ oeuvres instead of light. If your ceremony were starting at 7, you could probably get away with light, but since it starts at 5:30, you’ll need something more substantial. Then again, if you’ll have an hour gap or something between your ceremony and reception, guests could always grab a quick bite if they feel the need.
As for servings, I’m not 100% sure…I’ve heard 5-10 pieces of each item per guest is a good estimate.
Post # 7
We’re doing something similar and just met with our caterer last week. We’re having 150 guests, and about a dozen of them are vegetarians
Here’s the list we came up with:
Veggie, Cheese, Fruit, and Cracker platter to feed 150
Mini sliders – 100 beef, 25 turkey patties
chicken and beef teriyaki skewers – 200
filo dough mini quiche – 100
back wrapped gorgonzola stuffed dates – 100
cocktail weenies in crescents – 150
spanikopita to feed 100
Middle Eastern Platter (hummus, tabule, pita, olives to feed 150)
Kibbeh Nayeh to feed 25 (this is a middle eastern specialty that not a lot of people will be interested in)
shrimp cocktail for 75
baked potato bar for 150
spicy tuna rolls for 100
Avacado Wasabi rolls for 75
Fried cheese ravioli for 150
and if we get the vibe people are still hungry as we’re wrapping up, we’re planning to get pizzas delivered to the hotel when people start heading over there.
Post # 8
whoa! I didnt realize this was for the whole reception and freaked out a bit htinking i didnt get enough hors dourves lol!
Post # 9
@Angelz_love: hahaha sorry to freak you out 😛
Post # 10
Hmm…I agree with the other posters saying do heavy hors d’oeuvres instead of light, taking into account what time your ceremony & reception are.
For light hors d’oeuvres, I would say 5-10 per person. For heavy, I would say 15-20, with extras of the ones you think will be more popular. You might also do some platters, on top of any “passed” hors d’oeuvres (cheese & crackers, fruit, veggies, cold meats, etc.).
ETA: As other posters have said, the only way you can really get around offering light instead of heavy hors d’oeuvres during that time would be if you had an hour’s break between ceremony from reception (ex. ceremony from 5:30-6:00; reception beginning at 7:00), and that might not give your guests enough time to grab anything other than fast food. : /
ETA 2: Just realized that two thirds of your guest list is only coming to the reception…in this case, you can probably get away with light hors d’oeuvres, BUT you might want to have some sort of light dinner food served post-ceremony (salad & pizza, maybe?) for those people attending both.
Post # 11
Thanks for all the input! I do feel that if people are aware of what will be served as I stated would be in the invitation, people would plan accordingly. I typically think dinner time starts from 4-7 so people could eat prior to the ceremony for the 30 that are attending that, and those attending at 7 for just the reception, will have plenty of time to eat a meal. I also didn’t mean only light hors d’douerves. We will be serving a combination of fruits, veggies, cheese, bread, steak medallion crostinis, chicken satay, spinach and artichoke dip, wings, bruschetta, etc. I’m reading that if no meal is served, to expect 10-15 per person. I feel that is an excessive amount especially with there being children present. Personally, I can’t think of eating that many hors d’ouerves at a reception. Granted I don’t want to have my guests starve. I’m kind of stuck where I don’t wanna go over my budget, but I don’t want my guests to starve.
Post # 12
Sorry but I don’t think that’s enough food. I don’t eat dinner until 7:30 at night. Even if someone said “hors doeurves reception” I would expect as much food as if it was a full meal. I think even if I ate at 5 before your 5:30 wedding (which would be hard when I’m trying to get ready and drive to the wedding then), I would be hungry again by like 8 or 9.
I’m very small and thin, don’t eat much, and I would probably eat 10 appetizers. My FI though eats a ton and could probably eat about 20. I don’t think their suggested numbers are off. Normally at weddings I eat about 5 during cocktail hour when I know there’s a full dinner coming.
Post # 13
@MrsReidizzle: 10-15 does seem like alot for one person… but look at it this way, the servers with the hors d’oeuvres probably come around every couple minutes or so, which means that it takes more for people to get full opposed to eating an entree all at once. Hopefully that makes sense.
But I am a big believer in sticking to your budget. So maybe try to chose less expensive hors d’oeuvres (if possible).
Post # 14
We had our tasting on Friday, and there were enough that my FI and I each had 9 “pieces.” I thought that I’d still be hungry, but i was actually quite full with what we had selected. My FI even mentioned that he wished we could take the leftovers home after the wedding because he anticipates extra food. I don’t think our guests will be hungry.
If guests want to gorge themselves, they can suck it.
Post # 15
I’m doing at Hor D’ouerves and Cocktail receptions as well we are going with heavy Hor D’ouerves, though. Everyone will probably get 8-10 pieces of each. But my wedding starts at 7:00 so the reception will probably start at 8:00 and it’s until 11 on Friday so I probably could get away with light Hor D’ouerves but I chose heavy instead.
Post # 16
Can you not start your ceremony later? If you start at 5:30, then as a ceremony guest, I am going to be leaving my house probably not later than 5:00 to make sure and get there on time. It’s a wedding, so I need 10-15 minutes to get ready before I leave the house. I would need to finish dinner by 4:45, which just seems unreasonable. I’ve never eaten dinner that early in my life.
Maybe people “should’ know that light hors-d’ouevres means they should eat first, but with that timing, I guarantee you that your ceremony guests will be hungry by 7 or 7:30. You need to have enough for them to eat the equivalent of a meal. How many portions that means will depend on the portion size and what you are serving – you should follow your caterer’s recommendations there.