Post # 1
I’m trying to budget out my per person costs for the wedding’s food and have completely blanked on how many courses we should be doing. We’re thinking an afternoon reception (dinner at 12:30 or 1pm).
The venue suggested 3 apps/canapes per person. Should this be followed with salad, then pasta, then main, then dessert (just our wedding cake)? Is that right, or is it too much food for a lunch wedding? I think that the last evening wedding I attended had that, but I can’t remember.
Post # 3
That is a TON of food. You can save money by doing fewer courses. And I would forgo the dessert, or no one will eat your cake (especially after so much food already)
Post # 4
I think you can skip the pasta course? just apps, salad, main, and dessert would be good for lunch, I think.
Post # 5
@princess_r: i think 3 courses is enough…so maybe skip the pasta course? or the salad course
Post # 6
I think that sounds good. For my friend’s bridal shower we had appetizers, salad, pasta, lunch, and dessert. I don’t think it’s too much food because the portions won’t be huge.
Post # 7
I would skip either the pasta or the salad. A main, a starter, and the passed apps should be plenty of food unless your caterer does small portions, plus one less course = 20 minutes or so less of dinner service which is 20 minutes or so more of dancing/cocktailing.
I think your wedding cake is enough for dessert, or you may want to get some small bites like brownies, lemon bars, etc and have them set up with a coffee station, rather than doign a plated dessert and coffee at the tables. Most folks will know there is wedding cake coming and won’t have but a few bites of a plated dessert, so you will be paying for a lot of waste there.
Post # 8
That sounds like a lot of food!
Our meal is beginning at 11:30AM, main meal served at noon. Here’s what we’re doing:
Fruit, cheese, nuts, crackers, bread during cocktail hour
Biscuits & jam as well as an app (either peach champagne soup or yogurt w/ house-made granola)
Main course (plated – 3 options)
Cake & chocolate-covered strawberries at 2PM
Post # 9
That seems fine if the portions are not too big. If you want to save, either skip the pasta or the dessert. But I would leave it as is especially if you’re not having a cocktail hour.
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
I agree with the PPs that you could skip the pasta course and everyone will have plenty to eat. Sounds good!! And 3 apps is a good amount, I usually eat 2-3 at weddings.
Post # 11
I’m going to agree with everyone else and say you can skip the pasta and still have a pretty comprehensive meal.
The apps, salad, main and desert provide the perfect balance