(Closed) How many Hors D’oeuvres?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

NOM NOM NOM fried brie!

I think it sounds good for cocktail hour. : )

Post # 4
584 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

YUMMMMMMM… Can I come? I think it sounds good

Post # 5
1330 posts
Bumble bee

Sounds yummy! My caterer advised seven variations for cocktail hour. He said you could get away with six. It isn’t so much the food, but if there are allergies, sensitivities…honestly, I don’t know how anyone plans a wedding these days. I thought my appy spread was good….had all bases covered: from the vegans to the vegetarians, to the cheese sensitivities and strawberry and walnut allergy…

and then I get an email from a guest saying they cant eat any fats.

(runs out door screaming)

how about adding just some simple canape rounds with fresh dill n salmon, cucumber, etc…The steak skewers, bruschetta and cheese sound lovely but also slightly messy. If guests are chatting and noshing, i can picture tomato sort of awkwardly tryin to be put on the bread and worrying about cheese dripping down a chin.

Im just thinking for those self-conscious guests who are worried about steak in their teeth or ruining a dress.

But I tend to overthink everything, so ignore me if you think i am completely off base, its just a suggestion 🙂

Edited to add: My cocktail hour is several hours. 🙂

Post # 6
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Cocktail Hour (if indeed it is no more than 60 Minutes) and the norm they say is 5 to 7 hors d’oeuvres per person

How much folks eat though is going to be dependent on WHEN they last ate… so the time of your Cocktail Party is also important (therefore a BIG difference between one at 4 PM and one at 7 PM) … and whether they will be bored or not… so will the B&G be present and the party underway… or will you be off-site having photos done?

EDIT TO ADD – I just pulled out my handy dandy *Joy of Cooking* (honestly EVERY Bride should have a copy of this Cooking, Kitchen & Entertaining Bible) and it says…

*Before a rich dinner, 2 or 3 hors d’oeuvres are plenty… a bowl of nuts or olives, crudities with dip, perhaps a canape

*For a Cocktail Party without Dinner to follow, offer 5 to 6 different appetizers, including 2 that involve meat or seafood, and at least 2 that are hot

*Allow 6 to 8 pieces of appetizers or finger foods per person if a meal is to follow.  If appetizers are the only food being served, allow for double that amount per person.  In either case, aim for a selection that is balanced with respect to texture, flavour and richness.


It is important to remember, that the hors d’oeuvres course should not forecast any of the joys that are to follow.  For example, forget cheese balls or nachos if you are serving a cheesy potato gratin at dinner, and liewise skip battered fried shrimp if your entree is a breaded veal cutlet

Hope this is helpful,


Post # 8
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@MattandKristin:  You said…

And hmm…6-8 each seems like a lot before dinner. Has anyone had their wedding already and know a number that worked? It will be an hour from about 7-8pm while we take pictures….

Not sure WHERE you are having your Wedding and what the “local” customs are (see that Japan shows up beside your Wedding Date in your postings)

BUT considering the timeframe (7 to 8 PM) I don’t 6 to 8 is a lot at all… if you are having this in the USA, or have North Americans coming to your wedding, then you have to remember that there could be folks who will be absolutely STARVING BY THEN !!

Not all North Americans eat “continental style”… a great many still sit down to eat dinner in the 5 to 6 PM time slot (or earlier… especially older folk)

Hope this helps,


Post # 9
7902 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

We had five passed hors d’ouevres, with 2 pieces of each per person (=10 total), and a crudite table of veggies, cheese, and fruit. Everyone still ate their dinner and I heard that the hors d’ouevres went over very well and were eaten in abundance. People will be hungry! Our cocktail hour was one hour and I’d say it was no more than 30 minutes after the end of it that the appetizer was served at dinner. We had a full dinner (appetizer, salad, entree with sides) with huge portions for the main course (the steak was 16oz), and people ate their food.

Post # 11
1330 posts
Bumble bee

@MattandKristin:  Honestly, good choice! Crudites are inexpensive and the goal is to tie over the guests. Or, what about a gourmet mini sandwich station with flavoured breads? Or what about asking them to put a stationed sushi bar up?


Post # 12
3092 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Lol…our wedding is a year away but now i’m worried we didn’t book enough…and i actually don’t even remember what or how many per person we ordered.  I need sleep.  Good question though.

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