Post # 1
How long do you think this plated meal will take from start to finish?
I want people to enjoy their food and not be rushed, but also will not be waiting around forever for their next course. I’m looking for an “upscale restaurant” style experience… a nice leisurely 4-course meal with cocktails wine and beer flowing freely.
It’ll be a 4 course meal:
Appetiser SaladSurf and TurfDessert
Don’t take the number of people into account because the hotel will staff accordingly. But if it matters, 50 people at 5 tables of 10.
So what do you think, how much time should I allow in my schedule — 45 minutes? An hour? An hour and a half? Too long?
Also, they will be coming from a cocktail hour with heavy apps so I don’t think people will be starving and need to eat super fast.
Post # 3
Can you just ask the hotel? They do it all the time, so they should know. (I’m sure it’s different for different venues and caterers.)
Post # 4
@red_rose: They told me they could get the food out as fast or as slow as I want. I’m just curious what other people would prefer or expect, as a guest.
Post # 5
I voted 90 minutes.
We specifically told the caterer and planner that we did not want people eating at 9-10p. I personally do not like weddings where we are served late.
our reception starts at 7:30 and we are expecting the dinner to end by 9p
Post # 6
I worked at a restaurant for over 5 years. I would say at least 1 1/2 hours. If you break it down- 15 minutes to eat a salad, appetizer or dessert, thats 45 minutes. Add at least another 30 for the main course, and then 5-10 minutes each time the staff has to clear and serve a course. Meals (especially at weddings) tend to take a little longer then you think. Guests start socializing and talking, and that salad you could eat in under 5 minutes in front of the tv takes a good 15-20 minutes to eat.
Post # 7
I would say 90 minutes to 2 hours. because although they’ve said they’ll allocate serving staff accordingly, that isn’t going to change the fact that there are only so many people in the kitchen actually plating food.
Post # 8
Thanks everyone. I’m thinking 90 minutes sounds good. I just wasn’t sure if that was too long but I’m realizing it totally isn’t.
Post # 9
Ours is for approximately 50-60 and our venue has advised this will take approximately 60 minutes. But I would go with 75, to be safe.
Post # 10
I contacted the venue and she told me an hour and a half and since that was a popular vote I think I will go with that.
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
We had a 4 course meal and it took about 115 minutes. We specifically requested a leisurely pace for dinner service to allow everyone plenty of time to savor the meal and wine/beer pairings for each course, and plenty of time for multiple toasts throughout dinner.
Post # 12
I’d go with an hour and a half…but wouldn’t it depend on how much and how fast people eat, no one likes to feel rushed.