Post # 1
This is a debated question between me and my mother!I know buffets aren’t the “norm” and seems tacky in most places, but in my little town it’s perfectly acceptable!
We are having 75-100 guest, and my venue quoted me $13pp. (wow! imo) and suggest the following food:
- Pasta Station… Angel hair pasta, with red or white sauce, meatballs or chicken.
- Flat iron steak (think, cut into bite sized strips)
- Salad bar.
- Baked Potato bar.
- A few deserts (besides the cake)
My mother has insisted this is too much food, and is extremely upset that we are even considering having this much food. What do you guys think?
Post # 3
I should have posted under food! I am sorry!
Post # 4
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Go for it!
Post # 11
this is not too much food. i think it is fine. i would even consider a grilled veg dish.
Post # 12
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
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
$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
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
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!