Post # 1
So I just called our vendor for cupcakes. We were only budgeting 1 cupcake per person. They are average sized cupcakes you make at home.
Apparently they suggest 2 cupcakes per person… what?! I can’t imagine eating two of their very rich cup cakes after a buffet and open bar.
Am I being stingy by doing 1 cupcake per person?
Post # 2
You might want to do 1.5 per person at least. Most people won’t take 2, but some might. Like, if you have more than one flavor, someone might want to try both kinds. Unless you’re having the cupcakes plated and served to each individual person, you should order extra.
Post # 3
We’re having enough cupcakes for each person to have 1.5. I figure some people will have just one or none, and some will have 2, so it should work out well. Having 2 per person seems like it would be overdoing it, I wouldn’t want to be left with a ton of cupcakes afterwards.
Post # 4
I also heard from a baker that the rule of thumb is 1.5 cupcake per person, considering that the cupcakes are regular to large sized and not small. So for example 60 people, order 90 instead. Is the budget a big issue? It’s always better to go home with extra ones than run out.
Post # 5
We’re doing jumbo cupcakes so just 1 per person. But when we met with the baker, she did mention if we do the regular sized cupcakes we’d want to plan on 1.5 per person.
Post # 6
Ditto with the 1.5 per person suggestion. I and all of my immediate family could easily scarf down two cupcakes at a wedding. We jokingly refer to our “dessert stomachs” as being separate entities from our real stomachs, so we always have room for dessert! You might have a few weirdos on your guest list who feel the same way. I would probably cry if I went to a wedding and they ran out of dessert.
I just went to my cousin’s wedding and at the rehearsal dinner they served delicious, rich brownies after a buffet dinner. They actually ran out before everyone got one. I suspect this was because they probably planned on one per person and some folks took two. Better to have too much than too little.
Post # 7
It might depend on if your buffet dinner also includes dessert.
The buffet option we chose has small pies and pastries after the main meal.
My friend had her wedding at the same venue a few years ago and she also had a buffet and cupcakes. She ordered only 1 cupcake per guest and still had over 35 cupcakes left over.
She only had around 75 people at her wedding and I’m expecting around 140! I don’t want 40-60 cupcakes left over lol! Now I’m not sure if I should order 1.5 per guest or only 1.
Post # 8
For me, having 40 – 60 leftover cupcakes is the opposite
of a problem lol 😉
Post # 9
We also followed the rule of 1.5 cupcake per person. We had about 135 guests and I ordered 180 cupcakes. We had about 80 leftover! It was problematic transporting them back to the house, most were squished. 🙁
ETA: we had two flavors.
Post # 10
we bought 100 cupcakes…had 72 guests and took about a dozen home! we froze them and ate them here and there…i just ate the last one the other day and it was kind of sad.
Post # 11
Another vote for 1.5 pp for regular sized cupcakes
2 pp for mini sized.
Better to have a little extra than to run out!
Post # 12
I’d go with 1.5 per person, especially if you have more than one flavor because people will often want to try different flavors. We’re doing 2 per person and are going to have boxes so people can take them home if they want.
Post # 13
1.5 per person is the standard rule, and I would definitely recommend doing at least that much and not just one per person. (Unless you have a server who will ensure that everyone gets one and no one takes more than one. But that won’t stop some people from wanting more than one!)
BUT I’ve also heard that you should consider a couple other factors: how late your wedding is going, how much alcohol people will be able to consume, the age of most of your guests (college aged guests will probably want to eat more than older guests), if there are more than one flavor and if there are other desserts. For example, if the wedding is going late and there’s an open bar people might want to go back for another cupcake as it gets late and they get hungry or the alcohol hits then and they need more food in them. You should consider those factors and see if you can get away with less than two per person (maybe 1.25 or 1.75) or if that would be cutting it close and you are afraid of running out, in which case you should follow the caterer’s suggestion of 2 per person. Maybe talk to the caterer again after considering these factors and see if they think you can get away with less than 2 per person? But I’d definitely suggest at least more than 1 per person, especially if you have guests like me that are all sweet teeth! 😉
Post # 14
I agree with PPs about ordering extras. Let’s say everyone takes a cupcake, because hey, it’s wedding cake! If even ONE person takes a second, that means someone doesn’t get one at all.
Post # 15
I would do 2 just in case unless you will be having more sweets. There may be some people who will take 2 and if that happens, someone will be left with no cupcake at all.