Post # 1
How to I determine how much food to order based on people?
We are having 53 people at our reception. (those who have said yes) do I basically say 2 to 5 of those people won’t show up and then order less food?Do I order less food based on age? I have 3 teenagers attending, along with 3 preteens and then 2 babies and 1 toddler.
FYI I did not include the babies and the toddler in the total of 53 attending.
We were originally going to go with ordering for 57 people, just to be sure we have a little extra. Is this too much. We are really tight money wise so I want to order enough food but I don’t want food to be wasted either. (I’m having MOH bring to go boxes just in case) yes I’m a tight wad. I have to be with 5 kids, his, mine, and ours.
We plan on serving cheese and crackers before the dinner. Is it stupid to just put these trays on the tables? We have nowhere else to put the appetizers so this really is our only option.
I just don’t want it to look horrible.
Post # 3
order more food than you need.
it is better to send people home with food or you have extra food for the week than for your guests to be hungry.
Post # 4
Whatever you do, do NOT undercut your food order. Do you really expect 40% to say yes and then not show up?
Is your food buffet style, plated, or something else? When my daughters have gotten married, toddlers counted in the food count if you wanted a plate for them. We have a caterer we are very fond of and he is incredibly reasonable, but the tables are set for the number of people you order for. If I tell them 100 people are coming, there are 100 place settings with a few in back in case they need to prepare extra food. There are no extra plates available for toddlers who were not counted in the head count.
Post # 5
Definitely order more food than you think you will need. The worst that will happen is there is extra food you can take home and eat during the week!
Post # 6
@hermom: Ok I agree. I will include the toddler in the count, she is my toddler and she can eat as much as her father sometimes.
I’m thinking to actually go more then 57 now though. We have quite a few people who like to eat a lot. Plus I want my FI and to be able to take food back with us to the hotel.
More food equals happier people I see.
Post # 7
I will no order more then actual count of people. Better to have leftovers then not enough food.
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@kazarmo: I agree with PPs. It’s better to over order food a bit because some people may eat additional portions and you don’t want to risk running out of food. We are planning on 50-60 guests and I am ordering enough food for 70 just to be safe. Worst case scenario we will have leftover BBQ and we are not disappointed by that at all!
Post # 9
Are you planning on calling everyone who does not RSVP? If not, I really encourage you to do so. It is amazing how poorly people RSVP these days and think they can just show up.