(Closed) How many h'orderves should we have?

posted 4 years ago in Food
Post # 3
1918 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I don’t think this is enough food for a full dinner reception.  I would personally still be hungry.  How long is your reception?  You might want to consider adding a station with something heariter.  Maybe a carving station or a pasta station.

I had a 3 hr cocktail style reception with passed hors d’ouevres.  We also had a shrimp and grits station, carving station with prime rib and cajun fried turkey, cajun pasta, salad, cheese and fruit station, roast pig, sushi bar, and wedding cake.  My mom didn’t want anyone to complain about not having enough food. 

Post # 4
850 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think it depends on the style of food, the length of the reception, and time of day! If you give more details about that, we could give better suggestions. Ultimately, I’d trust the caterer: if they say it’s enough for the party, they know best!

Post # 5
7908 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

The rule is usually 2 or 3 pieces of each hors d’ouevres per person, and 5 is roughly a good number of different options if there is a crudite and cheese spread and if there is going to be a meal after.

So, you’re just fine if there are enough pieces of each hors d’ouevres and if you’re having a meal after. If the entire reception is just this and is more than 1 hour, you need a lot more food.

Post # 7
850 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think that’s plenty if you are serving a meal after! You could cut it down to 4-5 passed options if it saves any money and still have a nice variety for guests!

Post # 8
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

That’s plenty for cocktail hour as long as you have enough servers to fully circulate the room (so the guests strategically positioned in the best spots by the kitchen aren’t the only ones getting food).

Post # 9
5014 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

We are doing 3 different appetizers for 120 people. There will be enough for everyone to have 4-5. 

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