How many plates/cups/mugs and such do I need at my wedding?

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
5787 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would increase the dinner plate count and furnish 2 or 2.5 per person, as some people will want second visits to the buffet, some people will pick up two plates (assuming the plates are not pre-set at the tables) and some people may accidentally spill or dirty their plates, requiring a second one.

I would also increase the fork count as some folks will accidentally discard their forks when making a second visit to the buffet.

I would increase the cups count to 4 or 5 per person which is quite generous but people do have a tendency to wander off and lose track of their beverages at wedding receptions.  This will also give you some extras for those who want their beer in a glass (which may be more folks than you expect, since it is a special occasion and not a kegger).

The spoon count should be fine as-is.

Post # 4
395 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

We are having approx 100 people and will be getting 125 each of everything except mugs. Caterer only recommends 80. And we are having hot chocolate as well as coffee and tea. 

We are having beer anD Wine only and will not be providing glasses for beer, they will be using bottles. The soda will be in plastic cups provided by the bR service so I don’t have A count for that.

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