Post # 1
I think we’re having too much. I wanted a reasonable amount but Mother-In-Law kept adding more and more to the menu. It’s a buffet so it will be easy for peopLE to overEat. If fear it was a waste of $ to have dessert altogether. 7 hot buffet entrees plus an extended cold display, 17 assorted hors d’ouvres, first course, salad, second course, carving station, side dishes, potato bar. And wedding cake and Viennese. Blech! Is that reasonable or should I cut back some?
Post # 3
@Aquaria: Does your caterer allow you to take the leftovers? If so, and assuming you can afford it, I see nothing wrong with sticking with what you’ve got. Too much is better than not enough, and you can send leftovers home with guests or take it to a shelter or food pantry type place. If it’s over-extending your budget though, or if you have to leave the leftovers, there’s lots of room to cut back. 3 entrees and a dozen hors d’ouevres would be plenty.
Post # 4
Honestly, that sounds like A LOT of food, unless your caterer isn’t accounting for 100% of the guests consuming everything. Yours literally sounds like a hotel buffet, which isn’t a bad thing, but I don’t think that means you need 100+% of portions for everything.
FWIW, we had 7 types of tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, one salad, one entree, and dessert (both cake and dessert buffet with about 9 selections) and everyone left full and we had a ton of desserts left over.
I wouldn’t cut dessert but I would consider losing a course or maybe a station or two.
Post # 5
@Daisy_Mae: he’s letting us take home the leftovers thank goodness.
Post # 6
thats alot of food but its good you get to go boxes… i would say cut back on the hors d’oeuvres and mybe 2 or 3 of the hot buffet entrees
Post # 7
@Aquaria: I think you can do without the hors d’oeuvres, at least. You can probably also nix the carving station and Viennese… or something. It sounds like SO MUCH food. You should get rid of whatever you want least.
Post # 8
It’s awesome that you can take it home with you. Since the food won’t go to waste and if you’re not overextending the budget, I don’t see the harm in having “too much” food. Really, you’re just providing more options for your guests. As a picky eater, i prefer a lot of options.
That said, if you’re going to get rid of something, I’d get rid of the viennese hour. Any wedding I’ve been to the viennese hour has been too much… even when there isn’t a plethora of options, people are way too full to stomach it. On the other hand, the viennese hour goodies are the things I’d be most excited to take home–you could put little to go boxes by the cakes and such–and they’d stay better overnight than the appetizers and such.
Post # 9
That does sound like a lot, unless you’re having a HUGE wedding! Though I think Viennese tables are awesome!
Post # 10
When I saw the title, I was ready to say “There’s no such thing as too much food.”
Then I saw how much you were having – way too much! I’d get full after just the hors d’oeuvres. You can definitely cut down on the menu.
Post # 11
Yeah that is a ton of food. I went to a wedding with that much food a few years ago (Long Island catering hall wedding) and we all filled up at the huge appetizer buffet and didn’t finish any of our entrees. Plus we were too full to dance.
Post # 12
You can never have too much food. The only thing I told my caterer I was adament about was having too much food. I’ve been to countless weddings where someone has asked for a second helping (at a buffet) only to be told no because they need to make sure they have enough. Or….the last tables getting there and it’s already run out. To me, that’s totally unacceptable. I would be mortified if one of my guests asked for more food and was told no.
I would never use a caterer that didn’t pack up the leftovers and allow it to be taken home. Our guests ate until they were stuffed and we still had plenty of leftovers. Our caterers packed up all out stuff and had it waiting in giant coolers (that we provided). One of the best moments from our wedding weekend was having random friends/family stop by the next day and we all hung out eating the leftovers. 🙂
Post # 13
How many people is this for? Really depends on that. If you’re having less than 150, I think it’s too much. If it’s more, you’re probably fine.
Post # 14
@Aquaria: I’d say cut back some.