(Closed) Is this enough food? Too much?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think that’s a good amount of food, maybe go just a tiny bit heavier on the cocktail hour nibbles though. I’d go with the green salad over the clam chowder, mainly because between the seafood and the bacon (it’s usually in manhattan or new England style chowder), there’s too many folks who might not eat it.

Post # 5
2866 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

That sounds like plenty of food to me 🙂 

Post # 6
3773 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I don’t think you can have too much food to be honest. When you think that not everyone will like all of the items you have, I do think you have a good variety. I agree that I would go with the salad, I think it woud be a more univeresally liked choice then the clam chowder.

Post # 7
11272 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

i think you will have more than enough food.  you have a lot of h’ors d’ouevres for the hour so they will already be filling up.

i had a lot of food at cocktail hour and people were already getting full before dinner.  we also had wedding cake (cupcakes), coffee/tea, fruit and make your own sandwiches for late night.  no one touched the late night food because they were still so full.  they packaged it up for my mom for brunch the next day.

Post # 8
5547 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

The only thing I would say is that with 100 people 75 piecres on something like a quiche might not be enough because people won’t just eat one. The rest sounds good.

Post # 9
831 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Honestly I think you need enough to serve at least 100 (as a minimum, I would even up it a bit from there) for each item at the cocktail hour. Especially the dip – if you only have enough for 50 some people definitely won’t get any.

And with the other items some people will take more than 1 item, and you don’t have enough for everyone to taste everything anyway.

Your dinner sounds great.


Post # 10
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would order a little more for the cocktail hour, at least 100 portions of each, just in case each one is so good that everyone has at least one portion. Plus, there is always the chance it is so good someone will want seconds and if it is already short, then that’ll be a problem. I think at cocktail hour, people tend to graze and taste and usually, no one likes to eat the last few pieces/servings so that cuts into the quantity some more. Of course, all this depends on the length of your cocktail hour. If it is more like 30 minutes, you are probably good to go but when I attended a wedding with a full one-hour cocktail hour with open bar, I think people were eating at least one serving of everything that came around and they were substantial portions – e.g. sliders, spinach pockets, etc.

The dinner menu sounds good. I would do the salad if your September weather is still warm but the soup is it is getting chilly, as that’s quite hearty. I assume none of your guests are allergic or anti-shellfish.

Post # 11
3265 posts
Sugar bee

Dinner is ok.  But you definitely need to bump up cocktail hour. 

Dips (hummus and red pepper) that serve 50 means to me each person is getting one cracker or pita dipped with 1 of 2 dips.  That is very little.

People may also want to dip their veggies into the hummus and red pepper dips which will cut into your servings even more.

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