Post # 1
Having kind of a last-minute dilemma about the cake. We’re having a total of 103 people to our lunch/afternoon (reception runs 12-4) wedding. When we were expecting less people, we ordered a cake that serves 85. The cake, which is red velvet with cream cheese icing, will be served buffet-style with a second dessert (strawberry-rhubarb crumble) and coffee/tea/espresso. Also, we’re not allowed to take home any access cake even if there is leftovers – any leftovers would be straight-to-garbage.
So should we bump up our order to add an additional 20 servings? Or is it enough to have two desserts for an afternoon wedding? I was thinking maybe we could get away with it since not everone might want cake in the afteroon or might want red velvet at all?
Post # 3
Why can’t you take home what’s left??
Post # 4
Not everyone will want a slice of cake, especially if there is a second dessert. I think you’ll be fine!
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
Ooh, not being able to take it home sucks! We had so much cake and cupcakes left over, almost everyone got a to go box!
I would keep the number you have since not everyone will want a slice plus you have another dessert.
Post # 6
@anonybee0810: Why aren’t you able to take home any extra cake? Is it through your venue or is it something you are bringing in? Who ever is making your cake should be able to tell you about numbers and pieces of cake and how many to budget for etc. We are having 100-120 guests and we got a cake for 130 people which our bakery said that was more than enough considering we are having a dessert included with our dinner package and we are having a late night snack as well.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@anonybee0810: I ran out of cake at my first wedding due to people taking seconds and was embarassed so I say order enough for 100 just in case they cut large slices or people eat two.
Post # 8
@anonybee0810: I would have your family sneak in plastic containers. They can go up to the cake table to pretend to get a 2nd or 3rd helping, then discreetly put it in the container. So stupid that you cant take it home!
Post # 9
@anonybee0810: Well, if you can’t take the leftover cake, that is stupid, so in that case no, I wouldn’t order extra cake, especially since you already have another dessert there.
Post # 10
I would make sure there is a piece for everyone. In my opinion the cake at a wedding is the “main” dessert and anything else offered is nice to have but “extra”. Yes, everyone might not take a piece, but you don’t know that for sure. If you were only a couple pieces short, no big deal but you are 16 short that seems to me like a fairly large amount.
Personally I’d hate for someone to go up for a piece and have there be no cake for them (I’m picturing Milton in Office Space). But that’s just my opinion. At the end of the day it won’t really be a big deal it’s not like your guests are going to riot or anything.
Post # 11
you should be fine.. not everyonenwill eat cake.. plus you have second dessert and coffee.. i ordered a cake to feed 120 for a reception of 150 and i am not worried…