(Closed) How many courses? Help!

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
2385 posts
Buzzing bee

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
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think you can skip the pasta course? just apps, salad, main, and dessert would be good for lunch, I think.

Post # 5
2874 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@princess_r:  i think 3 courses is enough…so maybe skip the pasta course? or the salad course

Post # 6
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
3885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
2116 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • 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
650 posts
Busy bee

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

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