(Closed) Can you have too much food at the reception?

posted 9 years ago in Food
  • poll: Is this too much food for the reception?



  • Post # 4
    8570 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I don’t even think that’s alot of food, although it would be plenty!

    If I had the funds, my wedding would consist of a make your own salad bar, a pasta bar [with TONS of options for pasta, sauce & toppings], TONS of garlic bread, sticks & rolls, 4 of 5 differnt kinds of soups & twice baked potatoes.

    And in my experiance, many options are good because some people are picky. The more you offer, the more likely you’ll be able to make everyone happy [even though making EVERYONE happy is almost impossible!]

    Post # 5
    8734 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Doesn’t sound like too much at all. Will there be passed appetizers/cocktail hour food as well?


    I might suggest you add a cooked veggie to your menu as well, maybe grilled veggies or some sort of wilted greens.


    We had a buffet as well and our menu was:

    Salad to start with pear and gorgonzola

    Beef tenderloin with italian salsa verde

    Halibut with green sorrell sauce

    Potaotes tallegio (like gratin)

    Grilled seasonal veggies 

    Wilted greens

    Cake and other desserts.


    Plus we had a cocktail hour with 4 passed options, an apple and cheese table, and an “everything wrapped in bacon” bar.

    Post # 6
    13 posts
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I agree with the previous posters.  This sounds like a good amount of food.  One of the great benefits of a buffet is the fact that you get food choices. Your buffet sounds very good.

    To answer your overall question, I think you can have too much food at a wedding. In these cases people have enormous cocktail hours and then no one wants dinnder or dessert.

    What you have planned sounds great.

    Post # 7
    9791 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I like buffets, so I think as long as you do it right (no excessive lines) and the food is good there is nothing tacky about them. I like them because I can choose what and how much to eat.

    I don’t think it’s too much food.  It sounds like a good amount to me.  I would actually add a hot vegetable or another side item if it was me…because I like the variety you can do with buffets.  See if you can maybe add some dinner rolls/bread too.

    I think there can be too much food, but only if you have some ridiculous amount of food at a cocktail hour…I would end up eating there and not being hungry for much at dinner.

    Post # 8
    641 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    There is no such thing as too much food. As long as it is GOOD food. 

    The only person losing out would be the couple, if all the food did not get consumed IMO!


    Post # 9
    2185 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2024

    I don’t think that’s too much food at all. Not everyone likes steak or may be a vegetarian so they eat the pasta instead. I think it’s nice you are giving people choices and that is a great price too! I wouldn’t listen to your mom, you can never have too many choices/food at a wedding reception!

    Post # 10
    988 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    That sounds like as much as we had (we did pasta station, mashed potato bar, and a traditional dinner buffet).  People raved about how good and varied the food was.  I do think we had a bit of a “food coma” problem right after dinner, but after a half hour or so everyone was on the dance floor.Laughing

    Go for it!

    Post # 11
    11259 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    this is not too much food.  i think it is fine.  i would even consider a grilled veg dish.

    Post # 12
    1 posts
    • Wedding: December 2014

    That isn’t too much food…plus party leftovers are always THE best!!!!  My brother and sister-in-law had a gift opening party the day after and we ate all the leftover food and cake at that so it was easier on her mom since she hosted the party.  Go with your gut…and tummy 🙂  It’s your day and if you spend the entire time pleasing everyone else you’re going to be miserable


    Best of luck and congrats!!!

    Post # 13
    2638 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2006

    Not at all. That actually sounds like a perfect amount.

    Are you doing hot hors d’oeuvres beforehand? If not, this DEFINITELY isn’t too much.

    Post # 14
    699 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    $13/pp!!  You are winning!  That is awesome.

    As the others have suggested, maybe some non salad veggies thrown in?  Are there veggies in the pasta?  I’m just thinking about any potential vegetarians and that pasta plain with sauce can be fairly boring, even if the sauce is delicious.

    Post # 15
    1475 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Yes, I do think you CAN have too much food, but what you have on the buffet is not too much. I would agree that you should add in some more veggie side dishes, too.


    Post # 16
    1572 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I definitely don’t think that sounds like too much food. Don’t forget anything left over can be wrapped up for you and family members… it’s probably a good idea to bring a few servings back to the honeymoon suite after the wedding because you could get hungry later!

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