- 4 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
So here’s the deal. We’re basically putting a large chunk of our budget into the buffet at our reception, but doing the appetisers and the desserts ourselves. The buffet is large (10 main courses, 10 side dishes, plenty of options for vegetarians, fussy eaters and people with food issues), and I think I’d be kind of disappointed if people didn’t eat the food on offer because they’d filled up on appetisers.
However, it’s going to be quite a long day and I don’t want people to be crazy starving when it’s time to head for the buffet.
Our ceremony is at 1.30pm and most people will have travelled at least an hour to get to the ceremony venue and probably won’t have had lunch. So we’re offering a light lunch at around about 2pm – sandwiches and cupcakes – aiming at 4-6 finger sandwiches and 1.5 cupcakes per person.
Our reception starts at 5 but we weren’t planning to have the buffet starting until 7.15ish. We are having drinks in the garden outside the reception venue (weather permitting) from 5 to 6pm, then a mini trivia competition from 6 to 7.
At this stage, for the “drinks outside” bit (I guess you could call it cocktail hour, but it’ll be nowhere near that formal), we were planning to offer 4 hot appetisers, 4 items per person: vegetarian sausage rolls, spanakopita, lamb filo pastries, chicken filo pastries.
For the trivia competition, we were planning to have platters of cold appetisers put on the tables for people to nibble at: cheese, olives, deli meats and perhps a sushi platter. Probably aiming at a 3-4 small items per person.
That works out at potentially 8 appetiser items per person, over two hours, half of which are pastry-type things. Given that they will have had lunch earlier in the day too, do you think that is too much and they won’t want to eat much of the buffet food?
I know when I go to a wedding, I make a point of not eating anything beforehad as there’s often heaps of food, but I am not other people.