How to make sure people aren't hungry at your wedding? How much food is enough?

posted 2 years ago in Food
  • poll: Is this enough food for my wedding?

    Ya, that is enough food

    No, you will need to have more food

    That is enough food, but some extra food wouldn't hurt

  • Post # 2
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I found this, hope it helps

    1. Meat or main entree: 6-8 ounce servings per guest.
    2. Side dishes: 4-6 ounce servings per person if offering three side dishes

    3. Fruit: 1 cup per person
    4. Salad: 1 cup per person
    5. Bread/rolls: 1 1/2-2 per guest
    6. Dessert: One piece of cake per person.

    Post # 3
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    Busy bee

    a full dinner plus appetizers sounds like plenty to me!

    Post # 4
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2017

    I would add a late night table if people are going to stay and linger. People will get hungry again and a fruit tray with some desserts won’t be enough.

    Post # 5
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2017

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    Supernurse :  that sounds like a VERY scarce/minimalist menu. Guests would be starving if they had to survive off that and stay later into the night.

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee

    That’s plenty of food on paper. Just make sure you have enough pieces of the appetizers floating around AND enough servers to pass them. It’s the worst when the 2 appetizer servers get mobbed the second they walk out of the kitchen because everyone is starving! 

     

    Around 5-6 hearty pieces (total) per person per hour is about right for a 1 hour cocktail party with dinner following.  Hearty like a chicken satay skewer or mini cocktail sandwich  or bruschetta or a stuffed mushroom or something savory wrapped in phyllo.  Not a tiny little little dab of crab on a cucumber slice…with “delicate” apps, you’d want more like 8-12 pieces per person.  Went to a wedding once with the most delicious goat cheese stuffed grapes but the serving size was one grape. Everyone wanted like 5 of them! 

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    Bumble bee

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    lifeisbeeutiful :  You would be starving after eating a salad, 1-2 rolls, an 8oz steak, and a “palm size” portion each of mashed potatoes/rice, broccoli, and mixed squash.  Plus a piece of cake? 

    And all that after appetizers????

    Post # 9
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2017

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    dgirl715 :  if people are drinking, reception starts at 5 and I’m guessing guests are staying past 10pm? People will get hungry later into the evening again. Men, especially.

    It depends on when the wedding is ending. 5 hour gig? That’s enough food. Past 11pm/midnight? Not enough 

    Post # 11
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2017

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    canadianbee1992 :  are you sure there won’t be any dancing? If theres music and a dance floor someone will get on there and dance even if you don’t.

    Post # 14
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    Honey Beekeeper

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    canadianbee1992 :  In my circles an evening wedding ar most venues is generally five hours long. It’s polite to stay until cake cutting but few would remain much past dessert if there is no music or dancing. It’s not like they are eating all at once. While one can always add more food, it’s not necessary. 

    Post # 15
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I love a good late night snack but certainly don’t expect it.

    ETA: if there is music and a dance floor, my group of friends are those people who will dance even if no one else is and will likely stay until the wedding “officially” ends.

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