how many hors d'oeuvres to order???? No clue!!!

posted 2 years ago in Food
Post # 2
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Well if you are going to put on the invitations that it starts at 1:30, that’s when your ceremony should start (approx.), not 2 pm. People know to get there a little early. If you are just doing hors d’ouevres for cocktail hour, I would do 3-4 per person total, especially since your lunch is a late lunch. Make sure to let guests know that lunch will be served. If I got an invite to a wedding that started at 1:30, I might eat lunch before. Your timeline might look something like this: 1:30-2:00 ceremony, 2:00-3:00 cocktail hour, Lunch at 3, dessert served around 4. Reception ends at 5:30. 

Post # 3
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

i think my sheet from the caterer says 5-6 pieces per person before dinner, 15-20 pieces per person in lieu of dinner.

Post # 4
2670 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

I could be completely wrong and I am eager to hear other people’s thoughts, but I think you need to go with at least 4 each (or, if you really want to stick with 2, maybe adding a big cheese and crackers tray and some kind of veggies and dip type thing.)


Post # 5
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Honestly that is really late and a very odd time for lunch.  I probably wouldn’t have time to eat beforehand and you’re not serving food at a meal time.  Is it necessary to have a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres?

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