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 : (30 votes)
    63 %
    No, you will need to have more food : (5 votes)
    10 %
    That is enough food, but some extra food wouldn't hurt : (13 votes)
    27 %
  • Post # 16
    4964 posts
    Honey bee

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    canadianbee1992 :  You will have a caterer right? They should know how much to prepare to feed 60-65 people. Plus, caterers normally in their contracts promise to prepare  about 5% more food than final guest count if needed. I’ve never been to a wedding in the US with a late night snack (I’ve seen a few have it from my photographer’s website but not in real life). Maybe because they tend to end early? Nothing speaks against it if you’re gonna be partying late and if your budget allows it. All European weddings I have been to though always had late night snacks because weddings there last til 4 or 5am. 

    Post # 17
    259 posts
    Helper bee

    I am also getting married in May and my fiance and i just decided to add the late night option for 2 dollars extra a person.  It comes with some finger foods – pizza, mini beef on wecks, etc.  We have heard from friends of ours that have gotten married recently or been to weddings recently that it has been a huge hit.  But, our family and friends are big drinkers and dancers so we definitely took that into account.  Also, we have 240 people on the guest list.

    If I were in your situation, with that amount of guests and not being sure that many people will dance, i personally think you’re serving enough food throughout the night and don’t think anyone would expect a late night station.

    Post # 20
    7937 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    dinner and dessert sound fine.  you mention 9-10 passes appetizers.  but how many of each are you averaging per person.  i would make sure there are enough for everyone.


    Post # 21
    4964 posts
    Honey bee

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    canadianbee1992 : Well that’s even better that your venue is a restaurant. I mean, the kitchen is already right there in case you shall need more food. The ones I have seen in European weddings are usually charcuterie boards with sliced baguettes. The catering staff takes them out around midnight. It sucks where I live (Southern California). Indoor receptions finish at 12am and it’s worse if it’s even outdoors. With an outdoor reception, party & music must end at 10pm (city ordinance rule and I’m guessing because we have an alcohol serving curfew). 

    Post # 22
    95 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2020

    Not enough food at all in my opinion, there should be some sort of carb course before the meat course- maybe a nice pasta or risotto. I would also do a late night savory station along with your cupcakes and cake so that people can eat again around 11 PM without having to stop on the way home for food after they have been drinking

    Post # 23
    1197 posts
    Bumble bee

    eh, I mean, that is far more than I (and I think most people) eat during a typical day. Two rounds of dessert! Appetizers PLUS a full meal and salad or soup? It’s not like if I have a drink or two with a friend I go for a whole second dinner. At that point food is really playing a role of “something to do to keep your hands busy or when you feel awkward talking” not “oh god my stomach is empty.” Unless your wedding is Spanish or Latin American style and going until 4 am, it seems unnecessary. Adults don’t actually eat every hour and a half. 

    Post # 24
    1573 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    If dinner ends by 8, and people will be invited to continue drinking and dancing until 12:30,  I’d offer late night bites– especially if guests will be heading back to hotels in an area where there are no late-night food option available.   You could also end the wedding earlier.

    People will definitely be hungry 4.5+ hours after their last meal, and with a smaller wedding of close family and friends, many will feel obligated to stay to the end.

    Post # 25
    1 posts
    • Wedding: September 2020

    I agree with what some of ther others are saying! I think it sounds like plenty of food for the meal, but I think that if people are going to hang out and drink, you’ll want a savory snack at some point. I think having some kind of savory food at a station would be best so people can go grab food as they wish. My venue (Anthony Wayne House in PA) is catering by JAM Catering and they actually offer a bunch of great stationary app options that you can even add during the reception. My favorite is the hanging pretzel bar – its soft pretzels hanging on copper rods and theres a bunch of dipping sauces. It seems like a great snack for this time of night for your guests. You could also do things like pigs in a blanket, guac & chips (they also have a station for that) or even just cheese & charcuterie. Maybe your caterer can portion them out so guests don’t have to potentially touch each others food, like may happen on a grazing table. 

    Post # 26
    10404 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

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    Sounds pretty good to me, esp if there was a late night snack too! Are you sure there will be no vegetarian or vegan guests? If there are , then they can’t have the main course, and the appetisers need to have some veg ones among them too.

     I hope you have a lovely time btw, you sound very guest focussed and generous . 

    Post # 27
    27 posts

    90% of the weddings Ive been to had this exact set up with no late night food! And all of them lasted late evening/early morning with moderate to heavy drinkers and lots of dancing! A lot of times we got food on our way home, but it was more “drunk Food” than that we were actually hungry. I highly doubt anyone will be expecting more than what you have planned.

    Post # 28
    48 posts

    I think that’s perfect. I don’t see why you would need more food. I’ve felt the same though, I’ve wondered if we should do a food truck late night for the after drinking munchies. But… in reality, it’s not our responsibility.  Open bar, a good meal that sounds more than reasonable. I thought of having someone make like 100 burritos and have them available as guests leave. If you feel it in your heart (and wallet) do something like that, I’ve heard of in and out burgers and fries or taco food truck. Even if guests have to pay, it will be a nice gesture that they have something available. 

    Post # 29
    8 posts

    That’s about what we had at our wedding as well. Don’t stress too much.😊 If you’re worried, you can add more hours d’oeuvres/appetizer.

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