(Closed) Hors D’ouerves Reception

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think you’re going to need to have very heavy hor d’ouerves because your wedding/reception is definitely during what most people would consider dinnertime.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Wonderstruck: I agree. That is the supper hour, you will need heavy food so people will be able to get through the night.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

For mine, we will have about 67-75 people and we are ordering 56 dozen different Hor D’ouerves, we will have a cheese/fruit/bread station, several olive stations, and a cold veggie station.  This was reccommended by the venue for the time of our reception (about 6:30) and the number of people.  

We are also having a candy buffet & cupcakes (no cake).

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@MrsReidizzle: Definitely do heavy hors d’ oeuvres instead of light. If your ceremony were starting at 7, you could probably get away with light, but since it starts at 5:30, you’ll need something more substantial. Then again, if you’ll have an hour gap or something between your ceremony and reception, guests could always grab a quick bite if they feel the need.

As for servings, I’m not 100% sure…I’ve heard 5-10 pieces of each item per guest is a good estimate.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We’re doing something similar and just met with our caterer last week. We’re having 150 guests, and about a dozen of them are vegetarians

Here’s the list we came up with:

Veggie, Cheese, Fruit, and Cracker platter to feed 150

Mini sliders – 100 beef, 25 turkey patties 

chicken and beef teriyaki skewers – 200

filo dough mini quiche – 100 

back wrapped gorgonzola stuffed dates – 100

cocktail weenies in crescents – 150

spanikopita to feed 100

Middle Eastern Platter (hummus, tabule, pita, olives to feed 150)

Kibbeh Nayeh to feed 25 (this is a middle eastern specialty that not a lot of people will be interested in)

shrimp cocktail for 75

baked potato bar for 150

spicy tuna rolls for 100

Avacado Wasabi rolls for 75

Fried cheese ravioli for 150

 

and if we get the vibe people are still hungry as we’re wrapping up, we’re planning to get pizzas delivered to the hotel when people start heading over there.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

whoa! I didnt realize this was for the whole reception and freaked out a bit htinking i didnt get enough hors dourves lol!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Angelz_love: hahaha sorry to freak you out 😛

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Hmm…I agree with the other posters saying do heavy hors d’oeuvres instead of light, taking into account what time your ceremony & reception are.

For light hors d’oeuvres, I would say 5-10 per person. For heavy, I would say 15-20, with extras of the ones you think will be more popular. You might also do some platters, on top of any “passed” hors d’oeuvres (cheese & crackers, fruit, veggies, cold meats, etc.).

ETA: As other posters have said, the only way you can really get around offering light instead of heavy hors d’oeuvres during that time would be if you had an hour’s break between ceremony from reception (ex. ceremony from 5:30-6:00; reception beginning at 7:00), and that might not give your guests enough time to grab anything other than fast food. : /

ETA 2: Just realized that two thirds of your guest list is only coming to the reception…in this case, you can probably get away with light hors d’oeuvres, BUT you might want to have some sort of light dinner food served post-ceremony (salad & pizza, maybe?) for those people attending both.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Sorry but I don’t think that’s enough food. I don’t eat dinner until 7:30 at night. Even if someone said “hors doeurves reception” I would expect as much food as if it was a full meal. I think even if I ate at 5 before your 5:30 wedding (which would be hard when I’m trying to get ready and drive to the wedding then), I would be hungry again by like 8 or 9.

I’m very small and thin, don’t eat much, and I would probably eat 10 appetizers. My Fiance though eats a ton and could probably eat about 20. I don’t think their suggested numbers are off. Normally at weddings I eat about 5 during cocktail hour when I know there’s a full dinner coming.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MrsReidizzle:  10-15 does seem like alot for one person… but look at it this way, the servers with the hors d’oeuvres probably come around every couple minutes or so, which means that it takes more for people to get full opposed to eating an entree all at once.  Hopefully that makes sense.

But I am a big believer in sticking to your budget.  So maybe try to chose less expensive hors d’oeuvres (if possible).

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We had our tasting on Friday, and there were enough that my Fiance and I each had 9 “pieces.”  I thought that I’d still be hungry, but i was actually quite full with what we had selected.  My Fiance even mentioned that he wished we could take the leftovers home after the wedding because he anticipates extra food.  I don’t think our guests will be hungry.

If guests want to gorge themselves, they can suck it. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m doing at Hor D’ouerves and Cocktail receptions as well we are going with heavy Hor D’ouerves, though. Everyone will probably get 8-10 pieces of each. But my wedding starts at 7:00 so the reception will probably start at 8:00 and it’s until 11 on  Friday so I probably could get away with light Hor D’ouerves but I chose heavy instead.

Post # 16
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Helper bee

Can you not start your ceremony later?  If you start at 5:30, then as a ceremony guest, I am going to be leaving my house probably not later than 5:00 to make sure and get there on time.  It’s a wedding, so I need 10-15 minutes to get ready before I leave the house.  I would need to finish dinner by 4:45, which just seems unreasonable.  I’ve never eaten dinner that early in my life.

Maybe people “should’ know that light hors-d’ouevres means they should eat first, but with that timing, I guarantee you that your ceremony guests will be hungry by 7 or 7:30.  You need to have enough for them to eat the equivalent of a meal.  How many portions that means will depend on the portion size and what you are serving – you should follow your caterer’s recommendations there. 

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