(Closed) HELP Please! How did you estimate the food for cocktail hour?

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 3
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I would think 3-4 pp would do, as you are having a dinner.  No need to go heavy on the hors d’oeuvres.

Post # 4
882 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

6-8 pieces per person. Also-make sure that your venue allows non-professionally catered food. A lot of places do not let you serve hommade food due to insurance issues. Good luck!

Post # 5
13294 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Does your caterer allow this?  Ours did not allow any food but theirs (except the cake) to be served.  They also may not serve it if they find out you did it on your own.  (Not trying to be a downer, just making sure you’ve addressed it!)

We estimated I think 6-8 pieces per person with four different passed options.  I’m not positive though, because our caterer handled it all.  I know we didn’t run out of anything!


Post # 6
593 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I would do more than 3-4 per person.. I am not totally sure how many ours was because our catering did it but I would say 6-8 a person is more average.. but of course, that depends on the size/substance to the finger food.. If they are like quarter size sandwiches, maybe less but if they are bit size.. We did mini quiche, swedish meatballs, shrimp cocktail, and a table with veggies and dip (carrots, brocolli, cherry tomatoes, califlower, and celery), fruit (cantelope, honeydew, straberries, and grapes), assorted cheeses and crackers.. Since we had many different options, we did a little less.. I would say there was enough for each person to have 6-8 meatballs, 3-4 quiche, 2 shrimp cocktail (because these were costly), and really as much veggies/fruit/cheese/crackers as thy wanted, we had tons of this left over.. 

Post # 8
1710 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

I have to agree with other PPs…make sure you are allowed to do this.  Our venue doesn’t allow this.  

ETA: oops didn’t see your update

Post # 10
5892 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

do a quick google search. You can find sites that tell you how much to prepare. If I remember correctly, if there is a dinner to follow, then plan for 3-4 bites per person. But the more choices you have, the more you should make. 

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