Post # 1
So we’re having an early afternoon wedding, starting at 1:30. The ceremony will only last about 30 minutes, and then the reception begins. No cocktail hour as our families don’t drink and we’re doing a first look so we won’t be leaving. The reception will probably last about 3 hours, I would guess since our families don’t dance either and you can only hang around somewhere (we’re still working out some entertainment options) for so long.
ANYWAY. the question I have is if we have 4 or 5 different dishes plus cake, right between lunch and dinner, how many do we need per person? I’ve seen anywhere from 2 to 20, and our budget is tiny…will 2 of each dish per person be suitable?
Post # 3
I’ve always heard 4-8 pieces of each hors d’ouervres per person..
Post # 4
We were advised to do between 3-5 depending on if your guests arrive all at once or dispersed (you wouldn’t want the early birds snatching them all up) & the selection (people will want to have one of each). We did 3/person since we only had 3types & served dinner fairly quickly afterward. It went very smoothly.
Post # 5
We werre advised 3 per person since it’s also being followed by a four course dinner
Post # 6
Are you serving dinner as well? If you aren’t, it’ll probably be on the high side, unless you want guests to leave hungry!
Post # 7
i agree on serving a higher amount per person. one shrimp, a mini crab cake and a tablespoon of mac and cheese will not even keep my three year old full for 3-4 hours.
Post # 8
@bvalier: I agree about a high hors d’oeuvre count than 4. That’s nothing!
Post # 9
If you aren’t having dinner, I would advise doing more.. We are having dinner after and were advised to have two per person but we are going to have three.
Post # 10
It depends on how the day is going to go. I’m having 4 per person but my ceremony is at around 2:30, and a 5 course meal will be offered 2 hours later. If you have a lighter meal, a ceremony close to lunch time (so people skipped or had a light lunch), or the time between your ceremony and dinner is greater than 2 hours about, then I’d dd more
Post # 11
Here are some links
I would plan for 6 bites per person per hour. So if you have 5 dishes and 50 people plan for 180 for each of the dishes. (Increase for more popular dishes like shrimp or crab cakes, decrease other dishes)
To save money you might do something like this:
1st hour– cheese, crackers, fruit, veggies, dip, hummus (enough for 50 people each, not total)
2nd hour– passed hors d’ (6 bites) 3-5 dishes
3rd hour- passed hors d’ (4 bites) and cake
So for the passed hors d’, you would need a total of 500 bites (or 100-166 each of each dish)
Hope that helps