Please help – How to decide final food count????? Need to decide TODAY!!!

posted 2 years ago in Food
Post # 2
3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I ordered the exact number of guests, 296. A good caterer will prepare extra and charge you only if used. 

Post # 3
8720 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

The caterer doesn’t know this?? Seems odd. All our caterer needed was a final head count and then any allergies or special requests.

Post # 4
77 posts
Worker bee

My venue automatically makes 5% extra just to be safe, which would be about 71, if that helps. 

By the way, did the caterer tell you to not include the gluten-free people? Even if they can’t eat the main dish, they’ll still have drinks (non-alcoholic are sometimes included in the food cost), and they’d probably still like to have a salad or whatever they can eat. (I can’t have gluten, and I’d be bummed if I wasn’t allowed to have the things that are compatible with my restrictions.)

Post # 7
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

Gwendolyn88:  Our reception venue gave us an Excel spread sheet to indicate the numbers for each table and numbers for how many vendor meals we would require, and then another little chart that indicated how many people total for each type of dish. There was a separate space to indicate any allergies. I don’t know how that is complicated?

Post # 9
6194 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

Gwendolyn88:  What are their portion sizes? Do you think a regular portion for them is the same size someone might take as dinner? Because if it’s smaller, you’ll need extra. Quite a few bees have had stories about empty buffets.

Post # 10
6455 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Wait… People with dietary restrictions “will just have to deal with it”?! That is pretty rude hosting. “But i can’t cater to everyone” That’s part of hosting a dinner (lunch??)- catering to people’s dietary needs.

Sucks it happened to you but you should really be providing proper meals to those with restrictions (and no, a salad doesn’t count unless it’s actually a full meal sized salad).

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