Post # 1
I am really concerned about having wasted food at my wedding! :(I need to hit a food minimum (which $$$ wise is not a problem, I just don’t want to waste the food and the venue wont budge..and yes, that includes “can you just charge me for it, but actually not make all that food?” They said no.) I am trying my best to pick things that are expensive but small but am still worried there will be food left over.
Just wondering if other brides had lots of food left over after their weddings. I’m doing passed fancier “more daring” hors d’oeuvres, a display of more normal things (fresh fish-very popular with my group, veggies, fruits, cheeses, lavosh, etc) and then for dinner: 4 course plated meal.
Post # 3
we never had much wasted food at all…. all the h’ordeuvres were done, we had a plated meal so i think the only waste from that was if people didn’t finish, our dessert got finished off no problem by everyone.
so yea, there really wasn’t much.
i believe having a plated dinner helps cut back on wasted food alot as opposed to buffet
Post # 4
I think the only thing we had left over was the cake. We had 3 tiers for 75 guests (the baker’s call), so we got to bring home the top tier (which we’re saving for our first anniversary) and the bottom tier.. ugh. I’d be upset if it was a huge waste of $, but luckily the baker is a family friend, and she made it as her gift to us.
We had a plated meal, and although we had 6 guests not show up, the melas were eaten by our very hungry groomsmen, and a couple of guests.
The midnight snack (sausages on a bun, etc.) was also a big hit with the guests. I think they made entirely too many, but somehow they all got eaten. Open bar may have helped out with that.
Post # 5
Honesty what ever leftovers there are get fought over by the kitchen and wait staff. It won’t go to waste I promise
Post # 6
When it’s all said and done I doubt you’ll really know whether or not there was any food wasted. You’re not back in the kitchen so you won’t know if there were more appetizers that never ot passed out, and you’ll be a bit too busy to be checking out guests plates during the meals to see how much food is left on them. I wouldn’t worry too much about it!
Post # 7
Why are you worried about extra food? Couldn’t you box up any leftovers and take to a shelter or just give away? If there is food someone will want it and need it!
Post # 8
@icetea: A lot of venues will not allow you to take food off the premasis.
Post # 9
Thanks for the thoughts, everyone.
I feel better knowing that 1. I probably wont even be thinking about this the day of and 2. The wait staff will eat the food that doesn’t get eaten.
Post # 10
We were able to keep all our leftover food. We picked a venue that was just that, a venue. All other vendors (including catering) were brought in, so we had no restrictions.
We served quite a bit of food, and I stressed to them my biggest concern was that I wanted plenty of food. My biggest peeve at a wedding is when you see guests being told they can’t have a second helping or even running out of food. Our caterers packed up the extra food and had it loaded in coolers of ice for us. We had some apps, some main dish items, and some sides all left over.
For apps we had a pan of buffalo shrimp, some mini chicken cordon blue, and a small amount of seared tuna. All the crab dip was eaten. For dinner we had some prime rib, and a whole tray of crab cakes leftover. We also had a couple pans of potoats, a couple pans of roasted carrots, and some bread.
The day after the wedding we had a cookout with family and some friends. We did burgers and hot dogs, but served the leftover side items.
Post # 11
We actually ran out of apps (don’t get me started on this) but we had a ton of food left over from the dinner stations. Not for lack of trying though – I saw people with 2 and 3 plates. 🙂
You definitely won’t be thinking of it on the day of.
Post # 12
we have a cocktail hour with passed hors d’ouvres and stationery food. that was pretty much gobbled up.
for dinner we had a 3 course meal which was quite filling.
we had a late night station with coffee, tea, our cake (cupcakes), fruit tray and meat, cheese and buns for build your own sandwiches. we only had 38 guests and ordered enough late night goodies for only 20ppl (there was enough food for 50) and there was a ton of food left over. the venue was wonderful and packaged it all up for us and my mom took it home for the bunch she was hosting the next day.
Post # 13
Unfortunately, yes. Cocktail hour wasn’t that long (by design, but I think no one wanted to fill up on our delicious apps). We had dinner family-style, and there was enough for everyone to have some of everything, so of course there was leftovers of that. Then we had late-night snacks that barely got touched. Those we grabbed some of in our take-out boxes (so handy, from our candy buffet) and took with us. We weren’t “supposed” to take food but our servers were really cool and were like.. if you have those boxes right there and you want to take these, I’ll box it for you.
I hope someone enjoyed the leftovers! The food was really good!
Post # 14
We had a roving dinner.. it was 14 mini courses as well as a dumpling bar and a gelato bar. We also had cake that consisted of 4 tiers of strawberries dipped in chocolate, truffles, a mini custard filled cream puffs.
Only food leftover was the cake.
Our families love to eat!