Post # 1
So FI and I are working on picking out our menu for our wedding, and are stuck on hors d’oeuvres. We’re expecting about 180 guests, our cocktail “hour” will be from 4:30-6, with a 4 course meal at 6, then around 11:30 we will be serving a late lunch and cake (we’re going to be doing pickles, cheese, cold cuts, bread, etc as well as our wedding cake).
How many hors d’oeuvres should we serve per person (like 3-4 pieces per person) and what sort of variety should we offer, like 4 different hors d’oeuvres or way more than that? We have the choice of doing a ‘set’ selection of 4 or 8, or we can order them by the dozen from a list of about 50 types…
Post # 3
For a 1.5 hour cocktail “hour” I’d bump that up to 5-7 pieces pp. Even with dinner following, people will be hungry and the best food is always at cocktail hour.
4 choices is plenty. The more variety you offer the more people will eat, because people will want to try everything.
Post # 4
I would say a minimum of 4 but maybe more for that many people. I would have at least 1 vegetarian options with a variety of meats, like 1 chicken, 1 beef, 1 vegetarian, and 1 shrimp… or somthing like that. And veggie/fruits trays too 🙂
Post # 5
We are doing 4 choices (4 pieces per person) and our cocktail hour is 1 hour. It also depends on the choices too. We thought maybe going more but 2 of the options are pretty big and filling.
Post # 6
My venue suggested something like, 7 pieces per person for an hour long cocktail hour. I personally thought that was ridiculous and I think we ordered three items, and enough for each person to have one of each item. Knowing that some would eat multiple and some would eat none. They were all heavy apps (meatballs, shrimp skewers with two shrimp and i forget the third). If they ran out and there wasn’t enough, I never heard about it.
Post # 7
I may be the odd one out, but I don’t really care about hors d’oeuvres. I remember going to my first wedding when I was 20 and thinking “they give you food before dinner?”
We’re having 2 pp but only 30 minute cocktail hour (doing most photos before hand)
1.5 hrs is a bit long….I’d say 4-5 is good
Post # 8
@memo: You should see some cocktail hour menus in the NYC area. They are absolutely insane, and it would be very easy to over stuff yourself during cocktail hour. They are a meal within themselves. (This is why we are doing a cocktail style reception.)
Post # 9
@Groominator: From what I hear, everything in the NYC area is insane! I’ve seen ring posts from some girls there! Cocktail style reception sounds great. My friends did that last year, and it was awesome 🙂
Post # 10
@futuremrste: We are having around 110 guests but only 95 or so at the cocktail hour, 5-6pm, since we have a larger WP. We are serving 300 chicken wings, 150 quiche, and 150 bruchetta. We will have entertainment for the guests so they wont just be standing their. We will have two sets of corn hole boards and a photobooth. Plus the open bar!
Post # 11
We’re planning to have 3 pieces per person. We havent’ finalized the menu yet but I’m thinking we’ll go for bruschetta, chicken satay and mini crab cakes. Our cocktail “hour” is only going to be less than an hour, more like 30-45 min.