(Closed) How many appetisers when there's a big buffet afterwards?

posted 4 years ago in Food
Post # 3
2955 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1998

@clairebbbear:  TBH I think you need to start the buffet earlier as people will be starving. With the reception starting at 5 I think the buffet should be at 6.15pm especially as you are having such a big buffet and you don’t want people filling up on the appetisers. 

Post # 4
4041 posts
Honey bee

@clairebbbear:  Is there a specific reason why your ceremony is at 1:30pm but your reception is at 5:00pm? I assuming there is (maybe the catholic gap), but not sure what it might be.

The agenda you laid out seems very disjointed. What will guests be doing between 2:00pm and 5:00pm? If you are asking guests to arrive at 5:00pm, I would start feeding them within an hour of the start time. Maybe cut down your trivia to 1/2 hour and 1/2 an hour of cocktails? Then serve food at 6:00pm.


Post # 5
951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Savannah, GA

Wow! 10 main courses?!

Post # 6
3402 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@clairebbbear:  Umm, holy crap! Can I come?

I think you might be over feeding these people, to be honest.

Let me get this straight:

“Light Lunch” at 2pm

Drinks & Apps from 5pm-6pm

Cold Apps from 6pm-7pm

Huge Buffet @ 7:15pm?

Wow, you are spoiling the crap out of them! 😛 Basically your wedding day is an entire day of being catered to for your guests lol

If you didn’t feel like supplying that food, I suspect that you could get away with at least omitting the cold apps during trivia hour. I think the lunch, and the apps at 5pm should be plenty, otherwise they won’t be as excited to dive into the motherload that you are calling your buffet!

Post # 10
1966 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m use to very full cocktail hours so I’d be looking for the food especially since you’re dinner won’t start until much later. I could eat apps & by the time dinner rolls around I could totally still eat. 

Post # 12
3402 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@clairebbbear:  I say do whatever apps you can afford, but don’t worry about them too much. Even if you didn’t give them any apps at all they would still have eaten at 2pm, and then be eating at 7:15pm (which, I personally, could definitely handle). You want that buffet to absolutely dazzle them, so don’t overfeed.

Also, your reception venue is heavenly! (btw, I’m from American & not having a cocktail hour either, and I don’t know that I’ve ever actually been to a wedding with a cocktail hour here either to be honest. Maybe it’s a ritzy person thing..?)

Post # 14
3402 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@clairebbbear:  Haha sounds like my kind of party 🙂 My wedding is the same way, although MUCH less food than yours and much shorter.

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