(Closed) Cocktail hour passed Hors D'oeuvres – Will we have enough?

posted 6 years ago in Food
  • poll: Will we have enough??
    Go with what you planned, that's plenty! : (16 votes)
    53 %
    She's right, and you should do what she suggests : (13 votes)
    43 %
    Maybe make my suggested modification (let me know what it is!) : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I am having the same issue – 1 hour cocktail but we are having a 5 course meal with huge entrees – and the cocktail hour is at 6PM leaving over 2 hours between the reception.  We are having antipasto platters and cheese plates during cocktail, but we cancelled having anything else because it would just be too much.

    I think 3 pieces is more than fair though, if people know they are going to eat dinner in an hour 9 pieces would be huge (depending on the actual hordeurves.

    Post # 4
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    14496 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We planned for 8 pieces per person for 1 hour break.  People were definitely filling up and ate a lot of it.  I dont know exactly how many were eaten and if there was left over, but I certainly didnt get any complaints about it.  I wanted to go with 5 or 6 cause that’s what I normally consume, and would eat more if it was there, but my mother didnt think it was enough.

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Maybe it’s just me, but I would eat way more than 3 pieces in a 45 minute period even if I was being served dinner.  Can you compromise and order like 5 or 6 pieces person?

    Post # 6
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    2233 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Personally, I think that’s enough. Not everyone will eat them and some will have more so it balances out.

    Our venue is suggesting 5-6 per person for the same time period followed by a 5 course meal. I am thinking we’ll do 4-5 (and decide on the actual number later) since I don’t need anyone too full before dinner begins.

    Post # 7
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    5405 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I personally don’t think that’s enough. Depending on your guests, sme may grab 2 or 3 at a time, thinking there are plenty. I don’t think 150 pieces for 120 people is near enough, unless you tell everyone to only take one lol. 

    Edit: I misunderstood–so 450 total? That is better but I still think you may run out. 

    Post # 8
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    899 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We are doing more, but we are also having a longer cocktail hour (and generally a long reception). 

    The thing is, it’s not dinner – just a little something to get your taste buds going.

    We were worried about this, but our catering manager had the wise observation that it is ok if it runs out! You are serving them dinner – so they shouldn’t get full on apps.

    Sure, it would be nice to have tons of apps, but it is surely not expected. A recent wedding I went too had only a few passed apps and I didn’t get to try one of them because they ran out. I said, oh well – and immediately forgot about it. 

    Don’t stress – what you have is fine. 

    Post # 9
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    3697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We had 35 people at our cocktail hour.  We had ordered 100 each of two kinds of apps and there were leftovers.  I don’t know how many leftovers since they were cleaned up when we came in, but they brought us a huge plateful when we asked if there were any left, and brought a plate both members of the wedding party, too.

    We had after-dinner snacks that didn’t get eaten much, too.  We only got 60 of those (30 each of two different kinds) and there were quite a few leftover of those, too.  We put some in our candy buffet take-out boxes and had them later.  🙂

    Honestly, people should be smart enough to know they’re about to get dinner and not get pissy if they run out.  Don’t sweat it too much. 

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I think you’re fine if your guests know for sure that dinner is next.  The huge majority of wedding receptions I have been to have served dinner and a few had cocktail hour with apps before the meal.  One time I went to a wedding that ended up being hors d’oeurves only, I didn’t know that and didn’t get my fill. 

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