hor d'oeurves reception

posted 10 months ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper

rockclimberbride :  “Munching on party food throughout the night vs standing in line for a plated meal that offers limited choices feels more fun and social.” — Not if this is a typical 6 or more hour wedding. What time and how long is this party?

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

rockclimberbride :  I see nothing wrong with a cocktail reception, but I would suggest making sure that you have enough to fill everyone and that you have some more substansial options. How long is the party? 8-10 items per person may not be enough if it is a duration of 5 hours.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’m fine with the type of reception you are having but you need to have way more per guest if you want them to party all night. They will leave for a full meal whether you prepared them ahead of time or not. 8-10 depending on size and carb intake is fine for an hour or two but not more. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee

That’s not enough food. You’re having your wedding during dinner time so you need to serve enough food to equal dinner. That can be in hor doeurves but by the time you pay for enough to be equal to a dinner you’ll probably be paying the same amount or possibly more than you would if you just provided a traditional meal.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

8-10?????? that is way too low.

You are serving food over dinner time, you need to have enough food to constitute a meal. That would be minimum 15, closer to 20 if you want people to actually feel satisfied. 

If you want to serve an appie sized meal, you should not be holding it over a meal time. Do a late afternoon event so people can grab dinner after, or do a very late event so that it starts after dinner time. Otherwise, up yo’ portions! 

Post # 12
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Busy bee

I agree with PP to double it then closer to 20 per person. Sorry but I kind of don’t get you wanting to serve apps but then have chips and salsa and salad. People are going to have to sit down to eat that so why not just do a plated meal? If you want the apps and socializing vibe I would drop the salad and chips and salsa, up the number of apps, and add carving stations 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Jacksonville Inn

What hor d’oeurves are you planning to serve? 

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper

rockclimberbride :  Having a plated dinner does not glue people to their chair, and if you serve the meal promptly, nobody is waiting. People generally take at least an hour to get ready for a wedding, and there’s usually some driving involved. If your guests have lunch around noonish, they aren’t going to eat dinner before getting ready and heading to the venue, but they will definitely be ready for a meal by 6 or 7. Salad and 8-10 hors doeuvres is not going to be enough. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

rockclimberbride :  perhaps because I have two toddlers, I’d much rather to be served. I don’t care about fun. 🙂

 

 

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