Post # 1
We decided early on to have a smaller wedding. We invited about 50 people. After the final RSVP count, we have 44.5 people; including the vendors and us (children are half price, so that’s how I got the .5)
Our minimum is $3000 for food and beverages. We already have 2 entrees, 2 salads, 2 sides, a mashed potato bar, 3 appetizers and an open bar (wine, beer and non-alcoholic drinks, no liquor). Even if everyone drinks 3 beers each (which is a lot considering a lot of them don’t drink) we will still be under our minimum.
We were thinking about adding another side, and another appetizer. It’s already a LOT of food, and that doesn’t even count the wedding cake, or the mini desserts that are included with our buffet.
So, is there such a thing as too much food? We do NOT want to provide liquor, so that option is out. Any suggestions?
Post # 3
Can you get them to include the cake in your food costs, or do you already have it from a separate vendor? That might take you a long way toward making the minimum.
Do you already have a vegetarian entree in the mix? Maybe you could add that … or add some extra vegetable sides in addition to whatever side dishes you already have.
Will you be able to use/donate excess food, or will it all go to waste if it doesn’t get eaten at the event?
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Are the appetizers stationary or passed? Passed apps can bump up the price. Is your meal buffet or plated (wasn’t sure if dessert was buffet or entire meal)? If buffet, yes, you could add another side or two-choices are always good. If plated, I think two sides is sufficient.
Post # 5
@KCKnd2: We already have the cake from a seperate vendor, so that is out. We have a vegetarian entree already, which is why we chose two. I was thinking extra veggies too.
I know it won’t go to waste, so that helps with the idea of having too much food, but I don’t want to have an overwhelmingly large amount. We DID put “bring your appetite” on the invitations however!
Post # 6
We had extra food, but we made sure it was food that could save if necessary, though I’m not sure if that’s an option for you. I got back from my honeymoon and my family had eaten all that leftover teriyaki though!
Post # 7
Your guests will want to try a bit of everything, and you don’t want them to be so full that they don’t want to do anything but go home and sleep. Also thats alot of food to waste.
Post # 8
@rebwana: The whole thing is a buffet. I hadn’t thought of passed appetizers. I know they offer it. I’ll have to check is out. That is a good idea!
Post # 9
@Tiffmorris: We are having a small afternoon wedding, so I’d be happy if they just want to go home and sleep! The bridal party is having a late night after party, but we will have time to take a nap before we go out.
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
Are you doing a cocktail hour? That would help increase the amount.
Also, what about adding something at the end of the night? Maybe a make your own ice cream sundae station? That way consumption can be spread throughout the reception.
ETA: Sorry, just read it’s in the afternoon. Still… a sundae bar could be fun!
Post # 11
Can you add a signature non-alcoholic drink?
Post # 12
I like food a little too much.
I’d add a 3rd entree option. And more dessert. LOL
Post # 13
Can you upgrade to premium bar ? Thats what my sister did for her wedding – and added a sushi station! It was a good way to meet the minimum without being wasteful. Sorry just read you didn’t want liquor, so I guess premium bar is out! I’d say check into the passed apps!
Post # 14
How about a third entree choice? Would that bump the price a little? Or something that you would normally consider a splruge like a special appetizer buffet station in addition to passed?
Post # 15
I would add another appetizer.