Post # 1
My mother’s ex-husband is a professional chef and he offered to cater my wedding for free (score!), but I still have to pay for the food. We priced out a full meal compared to this menu, and this was the cheaper option with still plenty of food to feed 150 people (he does this for a living, so I trust him). Just curious what you bees think? Is this ok or should I plan on my original idea of a 3pm – 7pm reception? I read somewhere that 8-10 pieces per person was the protocol for a “meal”, but just wanted some honest opinions. Keep in mind we will be having enough cake to feed everyone at least 1 1/2 slices of cake and this does not include drinks. Thinking of having a chocolate fountain as well for the fruit…
POPPY SEED DRESSING
Post # 3
I think you’d be better off with the 3pm-7pm reception idea. If I went to a wedding reception that was 5-9 I would expect something with a little more substance. I think your choices sound good though!
Post # 4
I am assuming this will be placed on tables and kept out most of the night? If so, then I think its enough food (assuming you have more than enough of all of them) Because at the end of the day you are providing sandwhiches, fruit, vegetables and appetizers and its hearty enough.
Although I have no idea what “fabricated fruit and veggies” means.
And what is the dressing for? I would not recommend traditional salad that is lettuce based if its a cocktail reception. They are hard to eat and usually peoples last choice. Other types of salads would be better
Post # 5
I think your menu sounds just fine. How many guests do you plan on having?
Post # 6
I agree with annetossy. Menu sounds good, but in the dinner time frame I would like something with more substance.
Post # 7
@AnneTossy: Same here. These sound good to much on throughout the night but I think I’d want a bit more of a meal at that time.
Post # 8
I don’t understand what “Fabricated fruit” and “fabricated vegetables” are. Also are “canopies” supposed to be “canapes”?
There are two salad dressings but no salad- unless this relates back to the “fabricated”. It’s not a term I am familiar with. Maybe it’s a regional thing.
Post # 9
For dinner time I think you need to serve something a little heavier like a carving station. It may also help if you serve a larger selection of hot hors d’oeuvres like mini quiche, beef satay, spring rolls.
I’d rather have less cake and more real food. There is always leftover cake at weddings, so I don’t think you need to budget for each person to eat 1.5 slices.
Post # 10
The menu does sound fantastic, but I agree with the PPs, for a reception at this time, I would expect a little more substance, you don’t want your guest going to the McDonalds drive through on their way home to finish the meal!
Post # 11
@louisianablue: well she does have chicken kebobs and spanikopita… which are protein and heavier items and served hot.
And she is having canapes- which is just a broad term to mean finger food, so I am assuming there are more items than are listed, so they could easily be the items you suggested.
I think we need the OP to clarify the list.
Post # 12
I dont know what fabricated fruit means? I defininitely would add a carving station or some type of hot pasta, that would be really filling without being too expensive
Post # 13
I agree. Maybe a quiche, or some satays.
Post # 14
I agree with some of the PPs that if your menu is only appetizers then you should have it earlier during the 3-7pm timeframe. Otherwise guests are going to expect a dinner. Not everyone likes all of those options, nor would they like to fill up on the few items they do like. I know, I know, everyone has different tastes and you can’t please everyone, but I still think the 5-9pm time slot requires a meal.
Post # 15
@lefeymw: I just think you need to serve more hot items at dinner time. Finger sandwiches are better suited for a daytime wedding.
Post # 16
Do you mean canapes?
I would do a couple things with meat and/or starchs. I know you have chicken skewers and finger sandwiches but if you want this to stand in for a meal a lot of people will feel jipped with a setup that’s mostly fruit, veggies, cheese, and deviled eggs. Especially right at dinner time.
I would add something like shrimp cocktail or teriyaki beef skewers or bacon wrapped something or other, maybe potato something. I’m not big on meat, but I know I wouldn’t feel like I had a dinner if I ate a finger sandwhich, a deviled egg, and a chicken skewer.
mini chicken pot pie
meatloaf cupcakes with mashed potatoes
tomato soup and grilled cheese