Post # 1
Ok. I need some quick advice here. I’m having an afternoon garden wedding. So how many hors d’oeuvres am I supposed to order? 80 people… three different kinds of hor d’oeuvres… afternoon wedding from 1:30 to 5:30 (not set yet). So I don’t have my schedule of the day set, so I’m not sure how long the cocktail hour will be. But let’s say 1 hour? I’m not sure how many people will eat? I’m trying to stay on the economic end, and I dont’ want people to get too full. Could I get away with just 160, assuming 2 each?
And if I call the event to start at 1:30, ceremony from 2 to 2:15 or so, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres until 3, lunch from 3 to 4, then speaches, then dessert from 4:30 to 5 and then leave at 5:30?
Any advice would be most welcome!!
Post # 2
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
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
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
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?