(Closed) How much food is enough?

posted 4 years ago in Food
Post # 2
4162 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

How much time will there be between the ceremony and tea? I’m sure people will have lunch before they arrive, and not expect to eat until dinner time, even if it’s a lighter snack at 5, and then the meal at 7:30.  I’d be happy with that!

Post # 4
6339 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

ZebraPrintMe:  first, do you have any vegetarians? As if so, you need to cater for them in the evening. 

Second, I would serve some nibbles while the photos are being taken, esp if you’re serving wine. 

I’ll be honest and say that for me, what you’re providing doesn’t seem quite enough. We were very conscious about providing enough food and as experienced hosts find it is always better to provide too much than too little. 

In our case, our ceremony is at 1pm followed by our drinks reception/photos from 1.45-3.15pm during which light drinks and a selection of 5 canapés pp will be served. We then have a 3 course wedding breakfast from 3.30-5.30,and then our evening buffet (8 choices pp; there will be LOADS of food) plus cake will be served at 8.15pm.

There’s nothing worse than being hungry at a party IMO and personally I think that afternoon tea followed by just a roll is on the small side, depending on your guests and the length of your wedding. 

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 3 months ago by  barbie86.
Post # 5
1557 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

ZebraPrintMe:  I would have something available to nibble on while people are drinking wine. You never know what people have had to eat before the wedding, and serving wine without food could mean some people feel the alcohol more quickly than if there were a cheese tray available.

Post # 6
1406 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Two hours is a long time to wait without food.  If you add appetizers to your cocktail hour(s) you should be OK.  I’d also be concerned about vegetarians – maybe add a couple of salads and a pasta dish or something else that is veggie-friendly?

Post # 11
46757 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

What I see is a concern about enough food, when the real concern is often about the timing of the food.

You are offering more than enough food.Your guests will  be geting two full meals within a couple of hours at 5 and 7:30.

The problem is most people have a snack mid afternoon. You guests will presumably have lunch before the wedding, then not be able to eat until 5 pm.

I realize you have time limitations with your day venue, but if there is enough time for two glasses of wine while you take pics, there is enough time to give them a light snack. It doesn’t have to be fancy, it can be something served at room temperature like a cheese and nut platter, veggie platter, pretzels or other snack crackers etc.

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